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A question posed by the Washington Post:


Q: How much does achieving success rely on luck vs. skill? This week a Western Maryland lumberjack named Darvin Moon won $5 million in the World Series of Poker. He insists he is no more skilled at cards than any recreational player. What do you think?

Is winning the lottery all about “luck?” Sure! But only IF you buy a lottery ticket.

As I read this question and consider the idea of “luck” vs. “skill,” I can’t help but think of a quote by Zig Ziglar – “While the hurricanes and tornadoes get all the publicity, did you know it’s the termites that do the most damage.”

It’s the small steps – the ones we don’t see every day – that lead us to success. For someone like Darvin Moon, who has clearly played the game for a period of time, he probably doesn’t even remember all the small steps he took to lead him where he landed – $5 million!

Is there “luck” involved in anything? Of course! But if you want to increase your “luck,” get involved in taking the minute steps toward your goal and watch as you ultimately reach your success.

Rock on!

Misti Burmeister, Washington Post best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers

To see on Wash Post.com: https://views.washingtonpost.com/on-success/panelists/misti_burmeister/2009/11/one_step_at_a_time.html