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I've always thought luck primarily consisted of the wisdom to recognize an opportunity and the guts to take advantage of it.

There's that kind of luck and then there's blind luck. My wife went to work for a company about whose prospects she had no idea and received stock options that were worth a lot for a while. She might just as easily have ended up at one of hundreds of other companies, worked just as hard, been just as appreciated, and still gotten no more than her salary. Many equally talented folks did just that. Some folks got parents who left them with inheritances to RE on and some didn't. I tend to regard luck as mostly random, although it would be nice to believe otherwise.

--fleg
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