I saw Michael Buble on CBS Sunday Morning a few weeks ago.
His vision of how success works fits with mine and Nassim Taleb’s.
He said that he counts himself lucky everyday and that success was 10% talent, 40% hard work and 50% luck.
The interviewer responded, “Luck, really? But, you do have some good pipes.”
Buble responded, “So do the folks on American Idol.”
The interviewer, missed the point, and responded, “But, they don’t have several multi-platinum albums.”
Well, no, they don’t. That’s Buble’s point. Why don’t they? What makes him different from those very talented folks?
I think it is common for people to assume the equation to success is something more like 80% talent, 15% hard work and 5% luck.
I did, too, at one point. I just assumed talent would prevail.
But, I’ve been close enough to some semi-success stories to see that what often takes folks to the next level, isn’t just their talent and hard work prevailing. It takes a little luck.
I also have been close enough to see that success stories often have some unsavory trade-offs and some folks just decide it’s not worth it.
More on that in the next post.