Optimism Is (Mostly) Optional

Luck is just a factor. We can’t say it doesn’t matter and we can’t say it’s the only thing that matters. Whether good or bad, luck is terribly unreliable, despite how bad luck often seems to show up with impeccable timing.

If we keep doing the work, plugging away on our problem, we should know that eventually, good luck will (probably) swing in our favor. There’s no trick to it. We just have to keep showing up and doing the work.

Contrary to popular belief, optimism is mostly optional. Work is work. What we really need is patient persistence.

There are no shortcuts, there is no easy way, not for anything that really matters. We can’t let luck capture so much of the attention.

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