Pride or Luck?

Ask people whether they would rather feel lucky or feel proud and pride will win more often than not. And yet, most people spend more time trying to improve their luck than doing things that will leave them feeling proud.

Consider how many people play the lottery. The chances of being lucky enough to win are dismal. But worse, even if you do eventually win, the chances it will leave you feeling proud are nil.

“Hey, I just won the lottery!”

“Congratulations. You must feel very proud.”

Lucky? Absolutely. Proud? Not a chance.

And yet, people continue to value luck over pride by obsessively seeking the easy way out of life’s problems.

Unfortunately, those who focus on luck rather than pride aren’t likely to end up with either. Those who focus on pride over luck often end up with both.

And in case you’re wondering…

Yes, I do occasionally play the lottery myself. But I’m not proud of it.

Originally published September 28, 2006

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