How Half Of Everything I Have Learned About Being Successful Was A Guess

Is Success a Matter of Luck or Skill?

Joseph N. Aburu
3 min readSep 29, 2022


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How many times have you heard somebody say that success is 50% about skill and 50% about luck? You’ve probably even said this yourself at one point or another, so it feels true to you.

So how would you feel if I told you that saying success was 50% skill and 50% luck was not just wrong, but also mostly nonsense?

If you were to ask most successful people if they thought their level of skill had anything to do with how successful they were, the vast majority of them would say no, since there are more important factors like opportunity, networking, and timing involved in the equation.

The Old Model

Success is elusive and difficult to find. But it doesn't have to be! There are plenty of people who have managed to achieve success time and time again, so we can learn from them.

Let me ask you this: what does every successful person in history have in common? The answer is that they all used the old model for success.

The old model for success is just that, an old model. It's outdated, and it's not going to work anymore... but why? Well, because technology has changed the game.

In our new world, information flows freely, which means there will always be someone out there with more knowledge than you about any given topic.

So if you want to compete on a level playing field, you need to forget about using the old model for success. You need something better. Something new! Something revolutionary!

Debunking The Myth

I'm not going to lie, there are some days when it feels like the universe is conspiring against you. There are days when you think that everything that could go wrong just went wrong.

And there are days when you think all your hard work is for nothing because there are other people out there who seem to be luckier than you more successful, more talented, and luckier in life's competitions.

But remember this: success isn't all about luck. There's skill involved too. Sure, sometimes luck plays its part. Sometimes it's…



Joseph N. Aburu

Classroom Teacher ★ Writer ★ and Blogger.