Voice Over Actors: How Much Does Luck Play in to Success?
They say that luck plays a huge part in getting anywhere in this business. Ya just gotta be at the right place at the right time! We agree, but we also have a slightly different definition of luck. Our friend Merriam – you may know her: Merriam-Webster – defines luck as:
1 a: a force that brings good fortune or adversity b: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual
To take this a step further, instead of luck, we prefer to substitute the word success in Seneca’s definition. We end up with the equation: success = preparation + opportunity. This is much better than relying on luck because you can take action to prepare yourself, and you can take action to create opportunities.
We do our best to be prepared and to create our own opportunities, and that’s when we’ve found success happens most often for us. So what they say is true: luck plays a bit part. But you can get yourself to the right place, and if it’s the right time and you’re prepared, then boom!
But imagine what happens if you manage to get to the right place at the right time and you’re not ready for it: the, uh… opposite of boom.
Luck Success = Preparation + Opportunity!
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