Tag archives for luck

  1. Moist Robots

    Scott Adams has this really memorable term for how to think about people: moist robots.  Moist because — well, we’re wet and squishy.  Robots because there are certain predictable behaviors that we repeat.  In situations like A, most people do f(A).  In situation; in situations like B, most people will do f(B).  Sounds very robot-like…

  2. Russian Roulette (or Luck Vs Skill)

    Imagine this scenario[1] and see if there is something off about it: You get a chance to meet the world champion in Russian roulette.  He has traveled across the globe, putting a gun to his own head and skillfully not shooting himself.  He’s faced hundreds of opponents from every country you can name, including the…

  3. Luck or Passion?

    Preface: I wrote a post a while back titled: Lucky or Smart?  Along those same lines, I pose another question: Luck or Passion?  (hint: luck wins every time.) A very common piece of advice that keeps coming up, over and over again, is “follow your passion”[1].  While this advice is always well intentioned, and perhaps…

  4. Lucky or smart?

    When I was young, I was taught one universal truth: do well in school and you’ll be successful.  While it’s a nice simplistic view of the world, it’s not entirely accurate.  Let’s put that aside the fact that there are no universal truths for a second, and focus on the sentiment of the message: studying…