I wanted to share this well written article by one of my favorite authors Seth Godin. He eloquently writes about why we easily fixated on getting lucky and path of personal effort.
It seems that the bigger the hole we dug for ourselves or the larger the distance we need to travel to reach a goal the more we tend to wallow in hope. I think this is partly because it becomes harder to tie the small actions we can do now with so huge checkpoint in the future. So instead of action, we grind ourselves into inaction and wait for Ed McMahon. That, and luck is a lot easier!
Here is how Seth puts it:
And that’s the key to the paradox of effort: While luck may be more appealing than effort, you don’t get to choose luck. Effort, on the other hand, is totally available, all the time.
So now let’s get out there and put in some well focused extra effort and check back in a few weeks and see were it has taken us. I don’t think we will regret it and even if we do it is quite easy to return to watching a couple of hours of TV a night.