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The Lucky Ones

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

—JOHN F. KENNEDY

I frequently hear coaches and athletes refer to an event or result as having either “good luck” or “bad luck.” Luck is apparently this ethereal mass floating about that either comes to us or abandons us at its own pleasure—kind of like a muse to an artist or an angel to a praying child.

It is amazing to me that very accomplished athletes and businesspeople consistently refer to their success as luck.

In the book Good to Great, author Jim Collins interviews a number of successful businesspeople, and a majority of them state that their tremendous success is due ...

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