We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Jack Nicklaus, 70, sank a 100-foot putt in an August 10 champions game for charity (with Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jonny Miller) at the opening of the new golf course he designed in Benton Harbor, Mich. Nicklaus called the putt "Pure Frickin Luck." Yeah, sure. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I need to practice more.
Sorry, the ESPN clip isn't working at youtube.com, but here it is from the AP.
No, not mine, and I do not know with whom it originated.
It does sum it up, though, doesn't it, compared to those who tend to not recognize their own responsibility for success, or think it something either random or the result of unseen "forces", or the doing of nefarious conspiracy when they lose.
I wonder how many people notice how often great achievers like Jack Nicklaus say they were just lucky. It happens quite often. I also wonder how many of them realize that they got to be as good as they are by working extremely hard. I wonder also how many of them ever noticed and this is the same for everyone that THE HARDER YOU WORK THE LUCKIER YOU ARE.