Success Is Mostly Luck

You know what really used to grind my gears?

When people saw my success and said, "man, you're so lucky!".

At first I would kinda smile, shuffle my sheet, and awkwardly nod in agreement.

But inside I was fuming...

"Luck? LUCK?! Luck had nothing to do with it!!! I worked my ass off to get where I am. While you were watching TV I was learning how to code. While you were at the pub I was building websites. While you were sucking on the teat of your cushy salary I was investing everything I made into my dream and living on fumes."

Luck my ass!

And on more than one occasion I got into heated discussions with people who dared tell me I was lucky.

But over time I began to realise luck played a bigger role than I first imagined.

I was lucky my high school introduced an advanced computer studies course starting in my year.

I was lucky to start my first business when I was too young and naive to know just how little I knew.

I was lucky to get hired by a company building some of the first commerce sites in Australia, despite not having a degree.

I was lucky to meet the right mentors at the right time and learn the ropes from people who had done what I wanted to do.

And I was lucky to be at the forefront of the Internet marketing boom that's really only hitting it's stride now.

Yet here's what most people miss:

In every case above it was my decisions and my action that created that luck.

I saw computers were going to be a massive part of the future and decided to learn everything I could about them. I knew I wanted to be my own boss and passed on the opportunity to go to college in favour of starting my own business. I had the audacity to apply for a job that specifically required you have a degree even though I didn't. I invested in mentors even when I couldn't really afford it. And I picked myself up failure after failure until I finally hit some winners.

So yeah, success is mostly luck...

But you make your own luck.

Talk soon,

Kyle Tully