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Luck or Meant to Be?

Written by George Manty  · July 23, 2006

Seth Godin has this great post from 2004 that I didn’t see in 2004, but just read because he re-posted it this weekend. Check it out by clicking here.

In the post, Seth argues that luck is a strong factor in a company’s success. I sort of agree, except that I don’t believe in Luck. Like my wife Jill said to our son Matthew yesterday:

“There is no such thing as coincidence, it’s how God intended it.”

I believe that many businesses succeed where others fail, simply because it’s meant to be.

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5 Responses to “Luck or Meant to Be?”

  1. Ali on July 23rd, 2006 9:50 pm

    Well, whats the difference between someone succeeding because they got ‘lucky’ and someone succeeding because ‘it was meant to be’? Both don’t make sense and are out of the control of the actual person!

    I don’t believe in luck/god. I make my own luck.

  2. Will Johnson on July 24th, 2006 5:04 am

    Your wife Jill is heading down a tricky path, I think. If God intended each thing to happen, then he intended Hiroshima and the Holocaust and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He also intended for me to be an atheist. And for you to believe in him.

    Which means you have no choices. It’s not up to you, it’s up to him. So where does your responsibility come in? If you do an evil deed, well, then it was God’s choice, wasn’t it? How can you be responsible for that? The very same “luck” that leads a business to fail is the freedom to make a choice to do or not do something. But Jill says that’s how God intended things to turn out.

    Must be hard to live as a prisoner with no choice, no responsibility.

  3. gmanty on July 24th, 2006 10:26 am

    I think that I should have elaborated on this. I was actually going to post later in this week a post regarding how much our personal choices affect our businesses success and failure.

    In some small situations, it’s not easy to pinpoint the reason one business succeeds where another similar business fails. In most cases it is possible. But in those cases where it’s not possible, maybe it was meant to be.

    I think we as humans want to control everything!

    There are many things we do control by our choices, but there are some things we can not control. For instance, I can’t stop a tornado from hitting my house during a storm. I can do as much as reasonable to prevent these things, but there are certain things that are just meant to be. Winning the lottery is a good example of something that is just meant to be for some people and not meant to be for the rest of us. Being born into money is another one. I did not choose to be born in the United States, where we do have more control over SOME things. If I was born in Ethiopia I would not be in control of as many things as I am.

    PS. I really, really wish I was in control of the power companies, so that our power would never go out! Also, I would love to control the weather… not very fond of hurricanes. If I was in control of the weather then we could keep those hurricanes away for good.

  4. on July 26th, 2006 5:09 am

    Seth Godin on Luck…

    Seth Godin has a post about luck in which he gets away with claiming the LUCK plays a more and more important role in today’s marketing.
    Take the case of Levi Strauss & Co. This company was lucky, plain and simple. It makes a garment that wa…

  5. jmanty on July 30th, 2006 3:43 pm

    In response to some of the the other comments… I don’t believe man is a prisoner. I believe man is responsible for the effort, and God is responsible for the outcome. You put in your best effort. If God causes it to work out, great. If not, that too is for the best. If you don’t believe in God, that is your choice, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that you have ultimate control over the outcome of that decision.

    And, yes, I do believe that, ultimately, God is in control, even when it comes to tragedy. There is nothing God could not prevent from happening. We look at things from a very short-sighted view of the world, so we don’t always understand why things are for the best from an eternal viewpoint.