Even in the Lottery, Work Comes Before Success.

Even in the Lottery, Work Comes Before Success.
~ www.jaywren.com

Even if you get rich winning the lottery, work comes before success.

  1. You have to work to get the dollar to buy to lottery ticket.
  2. Then, you have to go to the store and buy the ticket.
  3. Next, you have to check the results.
  4. If you win, you have to go back to the store to claim your prize.
  5. You may have to enter a lot of lotteries before you ever win.

Words to Work By

“The only place success precedes work is in the dictionary.”

Writers have given credit for this phrase to nearly everyone except Shakespeare.  I like to think that the quote comes from Vince Lombardi.  The point is that no matter how great your gifts and good fortune, work creates success.


Preparation is the hard work that develops the skills for success.  The level of hard work reduces importance of talent in creating brilliant accomplishments.

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell discusses the preparation required for success in his book “Outliers.”  Drawing on an article he found in “American Scientist,” Gladwell posted this quote in The New Yorker.

“There are no instant experts in chess—certainly no instant masters or grandmasters. There appears not to be on record any case (including Bobby Fischer) where a person reached grandmaster level with less than about a decade’s intense preoccupation with the game. We would estimate, very roughly, that a master has spent perhaps 10,000 to 50,000 hours staring at chess positions…”

Gladwell goes on to write,

“This is the scholarly tradition I was referring to in my book “Outliers’, when I wrote about the ‘ten-thousand-hour rule.’ No one succeeds at a high level without innate talent, I wrote: “achievement is talent plus preparation.” ‘But the ten-thousand-hour research reminds us that “the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.'”

Other things create the results of hard work.

  1. Intelligence
  2. Good fortune
  3. Timing
  4. Opportunity
  5. Relationships
  6. Type of work

Work Comes Before Success

However, without the hard work, these factors return no results.

Leave a Reply