Nthabiseng Sibaca

Supply chain consultant,

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Would you rather be lucky or educated?

Have you succeeded in life by being lucky, manifesting from believing, taking chances (whether you describe success as being happy,content or wealthy) or have you succeeded in life through education and working hard ?

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    Mar 7 2014: Personally, just my own opinion, I do not believe in luck at all. I do believe in hard work, determination and continual learning and growth. What that does is open doors that, not only were not open to us,but perhaps we didn't even see before. Chance, probability? Okay, whatever. But when you add the human equation into it? Luck doesn't hold up well under scrutiny.
    Peace to you. :)
  • Mar 6 2014: Your success in life directly and indirectly related with education.Through education you can achieve your life ambition.
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    Feb 27 2014: Whoever has a chance at education, is lucky enough already.
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    Feb 24 2014: It is just amazing how many people who worked their butts off and got an education are so lucky.
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      Feb 24 2014: "Fortune favors the prepared mind." ---- Louis Pasteur
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        Feb 24 2014: I like the quote and really like milk ... so he gets two thumbs up.
  • Feb 24 2014: Actually education is hard work and perseverance, you are lucky if you have both qualities.
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      Feb 24 2014: So either way it all begins with luck in the 1st place......?
      • Feb 24 2014: I was trying to slide it in with as little pain as possible but the truth is NO luck involved, in fact quit the opposite... really hard work and a lot of it. I had to give up a lot for my education, I worked in a box factory at the same time 8-16 hours a day and I was so tired that I often fell asleep both at school and work plus driving to and from. At work I operated huge machines that pulled boxes under hot glue and down a conveyor belt. I can't tell you how many times I fell asleep and pushed my fingers right into the machine crushing my fingers under the heavy rollers. It is not easy writing with crushed fingers especially when it happens more then once, it really hurts even more the second time. It is not easy to go to school for eight hours then work for sixteen hours, go back to school for eight more hours and then finally get eight hours of sleep but I did it several times during my first year of school. You have to really want an education and I did. I was kicked out of class twice for correcting the professor's errors on the blackboard. He already did not like me because I kept falling asleep and because I was teaching the better students during break time and lunch.
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          Feb 24 2014: And Keith has the education that you got (assuming that you completed) has that worked for you?Or do you now wish you could be a little bit luckier and getting things for you can be a lot easier?
      • Feb 24 2014: I did complete the two year course in Data Processing and was hired immediately by the State of Washington. Luck has little if anything to do with it. Luck, unicorns and the tooth fairy are all fun as stories but they are not real. Real is real hard work.
        "The only source of knowledge is experience"- Einstein
        "God does not play dice with the universe" - Einstein
        "Shallow men believe in luck." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
        "Luck is not chance- It's Toil- Fortune's expensive smile is earned"- Emily Dickinson
        "Luck never made a man wise"- Seneca
  • Feb 22 2014: Lucky is preferable obviously, assuming the two would lead to the same results. Lucky is less work, and oftentimes, even the most remarkable individuals are brought down by circumstances, educated or otherwise (plenty of people do just fine with minimal education; it depends on what you're striving for really).

    Of course, seeing as luck can't be guaranteed, it should be relied upon as little as possible. And even that "as little as possible" is a lot more then I'd like.
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    Mar 14 2014: Good education requires a lot of hardwork, sacrifices, time, and money. An undergraduate degree at a good university in the US now takes four or five years and $200,000.00 and twice that amount for a graduate degree.

    What does luck require? The only version of luck I know is winning the lottery. Even that requires a lot of dollars and visits to the lottery vendor.

    "Inspiration is one thing and you can't control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work." Kevin Eubanks

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/k/kevineuban302288.html#utt5osPwuE9KF25O.99
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    Mar 10 2014: Both! :o)
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    Mar 6 2014: Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.
    Hunter S. Thompson

    On the way to my appointment with Education, I don't mind meeting Lady Luck along the way. Rodrigo P. Feliciano?
  • Feb 27 2014: Both Education and Luck. Luck is that state or status that defines your current location,position,status,situation. If your position is more close to the opportunity then you are lucky because you have to travel less and time will be saved.If your position is very far away from the opportunity then you are less lucky then you have to travel a lot and also more time will be consumed.And Education helps you to move from one Luck position to another Luck position.

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    Feb 27 2014: I got everything i set out for in life. Definitely a lot of luck, definitely took many chances, definitely worked hard. Formal education and manifesting from believing not much of a factor. I resist visualizing future events.
  • Feb 25 2014: I think you need both and the ability to act. Luck would be to have the opportunity and being educated and willingness to act means you are prepared. Too many people miss their opportunities because they are not prepared or refuse to act. and by act, I also mean saying no.
  • Feb 24 2014: N. Sibaca
    No, not to milk your luck but rather how to make things happen as you want them to happen. How to make your luck. Keep thinking, what can I do to make my life better then DO it!
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    Feb 24 2014: If a could count on it consistently, I'd rather be lucky.

    As it stands, I have to settle for being educated.
  • Feb 24 2014: How lucky vs. how educated?
  • Feb 24 2014: Rollin Wildhorse
    Biil Gates had more than luck going for him. He saw and recognized where the future work would lie with computers while the whole Board of Directors of IBM sat in the dark. They gave away a chance to be programmers for the worlds computers.
    Personally. I`d rather be smart and lucky. If i could only have one, I`d take smart. Being dumb but lucky doesn`t sound too great.
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      Feb 24 2014: Would being smart then be just in case you lose your luck? Or knowing how best to milk your luck?
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    Feb 22 2014: I am very highly educated. I also am very unlucky! Of all the guys who ever tried to tinker with electronics in their garage, why is it that Steve Jobs invents the desk top computer (the Apple I/II & all that followed)?

    Of all the amateurs who tried their hand at computer code in the late 70's and 80's, why did a guy named Bill Gates get so far ahead of the game and found Microsoft?

    Luck plays a big part in all of that. Neither of these guys were lazy. Both were somewhat driven from time to time. But both needed some luck to get where they eventually wound up. Lots of people work hard in this world. Many people are driven to succeed and have worked every bit as hard as these two guys to achieve success in this world. These two just got fabulously lucky.

    So if anyone asks: "Did either of those guys have anything 'special' going for them that facilitated their fabulous success?" The answer is YES! They were lucky!

    Me? I'm way overdue for some luck like that!
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    Feb 22 2014: nthabiseng, I don't see believing, taking chances, or hustling as necessarily being lucky, they all take work?
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      Feb 24 2014: ok put those aside then, would you rather have things happen to you while just being or would you rather orchestrate exactly what you want in your life through acquired knowledge Greg?
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        Feb 24 2014: probably through education because that is an expression of who you are? Why are you asking the question, Nthabiseng?
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          Feb 24 2014: im wondering whether to study further to reach greater heights or to just hang around the right places and people and see what happens.
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        Feb 24 2014: just to be clear, Nthabiseng, when you say hang around the right places, do you mean like going at night to a disco in a rich part of town and seeing if you meet rich people and become friends with them?
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          Feb 24 2014: ha ha ha ha Greg I should be offended at that actually. No more like networking in the right places, attending conferences and such and seeing where those affiliations could take me
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        Feb 24 2014: well, I see on your profile you're a supply chain consultant? I'm afraid I don't know what that is, do you mind explaining? So you would consider attending conferences relating to supply chain consulting? Or the alternative would be to go to school to learn more about supply chain consulting? What exactly goes on at a supply chain consulting conference, some of it is educational?