Lucky or smart?

by Jeremy Schoemaker on January 7, 2006 · 11 comments

I had a person email me the other day and ask if I was lucky or smart. I get asked that a lot. Usually by people who never actually have observed me work. They know I work from home and make a decent income so they figure its luck.

I actually had my step-mother-in-law (wife’s step mom) one tell me that I should be so thankful that I am lucky enough to be doing what I am doing. I smiled and said “yeah, its luck”… I really wanted to say ITS NOT LUCK I WORK MY ASS OFF.

My thoughts on the whole lucky or smart thing boil down to this:

Basically everyone gets lucky from time to time. The SMART part about it is knowing when you are lucky. I like to think that is what makes me smart. Educating yourself and asking questions in forums like digitalpoint is what will give you the smarts to know when your lucky and capitalize on it.

This is also the real difference of course between a successful web marketer and a bad one. You really have to see market trends and predict whats going to happen. This of course comes from experience mostly.

A weird thing is I have been trying to make money on the internet for 10 years now but have only been successful for the last 2. I owe a lot of that to forums where people have been gracious enough to speak from there experiences. Also the birth of contextual marketing from products like AdSense and Yahoo Publisher Network have helped me a lot.

Anyway… so are YOU lucky or smart? Hopefully you are smart enough to just realize WHEN you are lucky ;)

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{ 11 comments }

1 Chris Andrews

Kinda comparable to the overnight success of a rock band.
A band where the members have been practising the guitar since they were 12 years old and have a had another 10 on the road.

…um, or something.

I used to get told that I was “lucky” to work as a software engine because the wages are good.

2 Chris Andrews

Obviously I’m a software engineer.

I’m not an algorithm or anything.

3 Eduardo Maio

At least they say that you are lucky… In Portugal if you work at home you’re unenployed, but I laugh my ass off when I say how much I make when some old woman asks… ‘I make twice as your son does, and I didn’t spent my whole life studying!’.

The real problem with some people his that they make money and spend all of that money. You need to invest it in other things until you achieve a decent and steady income.

4 ShoeMoney

Very true. For me it also helps I have a great supportive wife who also provides our family with insurence and a rock solid income so I can be the internet cowboy ;)

5 Paul

“The harder I work the luckier I get.”

“Most overnight successes take 15 to 20 years.”

6 Masetek

There’s so many things you have to me when you’re running your own sites. Developer, marketer, manager, designer…not any ol dumbass can do it. Once you’re established it’s alot smoother sailing but the road to getting established is long and a steep learning curve.

7 bob

Well, it might be partly luck. Here, just do this to see if it is luck or not. Just go right out and duplicate your most successful online enterprise tomorrow mourning. You can do that no problem right?

This is the part that is luck aside from all the hard work involved. I do not believe in fate, I believe you make your own luck. Try as I may I can’t seem to find that high traffic nitch that I need to get to the place I want to be though.

8 Chris Andrews

I agree that there is an element of luck involved. No matter how hard you try you might fail or you might succeed. Someone might love what you’ve done, or on the other hand nobody might.

One thing’s for sure though, if you don’t try you ain’t ever going to know!

9 Jeremy Miller

My family thinks I’m smart and lucky, except when it comes to my blogging aspirations. I am working 8-10 hours a day on design, content, and advertising. They can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel — me being happy in what I am doing. Hopefully luck will find me in this endeavor.

10 Ken Savage

show them teh F YOU money. Have a $50 bill and a lighter ready at all times and when someone says your lucky, pull that out and burn the fifty.

11 Simlock verwijderen

I am happy when I see my work takes good results. If I worked hard without an result I feel myself sad.

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