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Why Do Some People Succeed?

by PotPieGirl on June 9, 2010 · 18 comments

Factors Of Success

I had two events happen recently in my life that have caused me to think more about why some people succeed and others don’t. Oddly, neither of these events had ANYTHING to do with internet marketing either (yes, I have a life away from this computer…lol). However, the similarities of these two “other” things in relation to success with internet marketing has really stuck with me – and I’d like to talk about them with you.

Football and Internet Marketing

My hubby and I were out with friends this past Saturday. We were out at our favorite sports bar (owned by a dear friend of ours). At one point, my husband touched my arm and was looking towards the front door at a young man that had just walked in.

He said, “That’s Roddy White”

Ok, I’m gonna admit it, but I said, “WHO?”

My dear sweet patient husband said, “He is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons – he went to University of Alabama at Birmingham…”

Oh, he’s a pro football player… ok.

Now, I’m not one of those people who gets all weird around famous people – and I’m far from shy. To me, people are people. So when the guys at our table started talking about Mr Roddy White, I just got up with a girlfriend of mine and we went over and talked to him.

This guy was SO NICE. He came over and sat at our table for awhile and just hung out.

I wish I had the thought to take a picture, but it didn’t cross my mind at the time. However, I DID get an autograph. Know what’s funny? All I had in my purse that was even close to good enough for an autograph were a bunch of paint samples I’ve been carrying around (plans to repaint our living room – inability to choose color).

autograph from Roddy WhiteSo, I asked Roddy to autograph a couple of my paint samples for our friends and us. There’s a picture of one of my Roddy White paint samples.

{I can’t believe I just admitted to the world that I got a famous professional football player to sign PAINT SAMPLES…sheesh!}

So anyway, the table conversation is about his goals, his accomplishments, how the Falcons are doing this season – ya know,
the normal guy talk when a pro football player is around.

Suddenly, I found myself asking Roddy a question that even
shocked me after I asked it (did I mention I’m not shy?).

I asked:

“Roddy, it sounds like you have an amazing career so far, and your future looks really bright…. What makes YOU so different from all the other kids out there that have dreams of being a pro football player? Why did YOU succeed?”

You see, I know the statistics and the odds of a high school football player making it to the pros. If you think the “odds” in the internet marketing industry are scary, you should try on pro football player odds for size.

Anyway, Roddy looks at me, and in all seriousness says,

“Hard work, luck, and talent”

“In that order?” I asked.

“Yes” he replied.

Wow, hard work… luck… and talent – in that order.

I just smiled at him and realized what a mature, honest, and responsible answer he just gave me. Super nice guy… such a pleasure to meet him.

Pro Baseball

Last night, my hubby and I went with friends to a Gwinnett Braves baseball game. Now, the Gwinnett Braves are an affiliate/minor league type team for the big-time Atlanta Braves team.

This is the last stop in “almost pro ball” that these kids play in until, hopefully, they get called up to “The Big Show”.

Now, I’m not all into baseball lingo, but the hubby explained it that the Gwinnett Braves are Triple A ball…and there are lots of minor league teams below that. Getting to play at the Gwinnett Braves level is quite an accomplishment in itself – but it’s not each players goal or idea of true success. Make sense?

Anyway, the game was great… the new stadium we have for this team is awesome… and the customer service at this field was flat-out some of the best customer service from EVERYONE we came into contact with I have ever experienced anywhere. I was quite impressed.

But again, I’m sitting there watching the game, but I’m thinking about all these kids that start out in T-ball and play ball all their lives to get to this field I am sitting at right now. What makes some of these players more successful and get called to The Big Show compared to all the other players?

Talent alone can’t be enough – but I have no doubt it helps as long as you work hard… and you’re lucky.

In the internet marketing industry, we all work hard (or should be working hard) – and we all have enough talent to do this successfully. In fact, I’d reach and say that I believe that hard work can make up for “talent” in our industry.

But is that enough to be successful?

What about “luck”?


Does it all come down to luck? If I asked you what you think “luck” is, what would you say?

I use the word “luck” all the time. I consider myself very lucky to have the husband I have. Did I just “luck out” by meeting him and marrying him?

My answer? Yes…and no.

I think luck has a HUGE part in success…but not the kind of “luck” that others might think I am referring to.

I COULD have stayed huddled up in my house and never even attempted to meet anyone… but would I still have “lucked out” and met my hubby? I don’t think so. I think it took me getting up off my bottom and interacting with people for that to happen for us.

Did I become successful with internet marketing because I am “lucky”?

Or did I create my own luck by working really hard and having some talent?

I don’t think for a second that Roddy White got lucky by sitting on the couch watching TV reruns. I DO think he worked really hard with the talent he was blessed with and continued to put himself out there – and put himself in the way of “luck”.

How many times have you heard the story of someone who is NOW famous, but talks of once being broke and unknown for years and years… working their tail off? They didn’t magically get discovered overnight – neither did these sports players.

They worked… they put themselves out there and in the way of luck…so that when the “right place at the right time” happened – they were there.

Will YOU be there? Hard work and talent are huge parts of this equation… but will you stick with it long enough to “get lucky”?

No one owes us anything in this world – you gotta get out there and go get it.

Create your own luck.

What are your thoughts?


Arthur June 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

work – luck – talent , Let me add one more… don’t be shy! Yes when you said you were not shy I could see why you are so successful. From my perspective the ability to walk up to someone you don’t even know and introduce yourself and have a conversation with that is a great gift. I say it is a gift because I have always been shy. I have to force myself to even contact someone by email to ask a question – so I pass up my chance to learn from them. If you want another subject to write about I suggest you write something to tell people how to overcome shyness. I will be the first to buy it.

Paul Anderson June 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I have “followed” PotPie Girl for a year and 3 months now, including reading most of what she writes and buying/using One Week Marketing.

The ingredient she stresses most is hanging. Hanging in there. And yes whilst hanging, doing something, taking action and hopefully strategic, effective action.

Success formulas must always include that one factor: endurance.

Smokey and I June 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Great art. We make our own luck. By being “there”
By sticking your hand out and introducing ourselves to people that latter are a contact etc. I am shy and really really used to be. IM kind of eliminates a lot of that because we can talk to knowledgable people when in a live classroom I would not. That is one thing good about WA site forum.
By the way potpiegirl you have really helped me understand this IM better with your very detailed click by click guides etc. It takes great patience on your part to write these guides that way I am sure. Thanks.
Looking forward to digging into your 2 free guides for signing up with WA before Monday.
What a bargain. WA is still a bargain.
Thanks a million I guess now the numbers are in the trillions.

SEO in San Diego June 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I think luck is a huge factor in internet marketing. Especially when you are first starting out and you don’t really know how to do things correctly. Some people get lucky and start making sales on their first campaign which makes them continue. But others can try 100 different campaigns and not make a penny, usually resulting in them quitting. Of course you do have to work hard, and have luck, because your not going to get lucky by not doing anything at all.

Kathy Lund June 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I have to totally agree with you in going out there and making our own luck! And the only way to do that is be positive, get motivated, and stay focused!

Elana June 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

So true…

I would just reverse the order to

talent – hard work – luck – hard work…


talent – luck – hard work – luck…


Mike June 10, 2010 at 4:30 am

I totally agree :)

When I think of luck, I think of when something falls into place unexpectedly. Hard work requires action. When you take action, you increase the chances of things unexpectedly happening. So by working harder you will find yourself becoming more ‘lucky’. Just my thoughts.

Adaptive Clothing June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Hi Jennifer Great post as usual.

Luck really is just a series of beneficial coincidences. Sometimes things just fit together at the right time for our benefit.

If we work hard we can align more of these coincidences to happen around us. These are opportunities to take advantage of.

More work = more opportunities.

The talent I think of as being able to piece together unrelated situations or circumstances and seeing how they could relate to each other or benefit each other.

I also believe that the more work you do the more you feed or polish your talent.

So for me the work is the foundation that leads to better opportunities (luck) and stronger skills (talent)

Thanks again

jackson ville June 15, 2010 at 5:08 am

Nice post Jennifer. Well, I think some people succeed because they are motivated, has high priority, responsible and last know to handle big problems.

eating raw June 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I bought your squidoo book and have followed you for awhile. I appreciate all the info you give us. Also, I just received your email about your site your are selling on Flippa. I am curious and anxious to see how much you get for it. I’m guessing you are testing the waters to see if it will be an extra avenue of income for your business, building and selling sites! Good luck.

michaelferrero55 June 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Nice! Luck is a factor why people succeed, but it isn’t enough. We should be wise.

Iraqi Dinar June 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Good article, I like football. Nice to read… Keep it up!

Free Unlimited Hosting June 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

What i think people should be very focused to what they are doing …
A defined goal is always been achievable…

Andy June 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I think the key is consistency. If you have passion, great ideas and strong mind you will be successful in everything. I believe the key of Internet Marketing is in ever-green methods – link building of any kind, for me article submissions are working the best. Many people say that directory submissions doesn’t work anymore. I don’t agree with that.

Dave July 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

i rarely make comments, but this one just begged for one.

luck is when opportunity meets preparation.

thanks for all you do, and provide, to help others have “luck” in their lives.

lily July 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

So good article, I like playing football.

thanks for sharing this article

John Singh July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Nice post Jennifer.

Online Marketing Planner July 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I think the frame of one’s mind has a lot to do with it. Everything starts with a thought first. Then the confidence to act on that thought brings you a step closer. You may have heard that confidence is the memory of past successes. If you have had no successes in a certain field, then it’s time to start making little successes for yourself. This builds you up to being able to both expect and accept the bigger successes when the opportunity arises. A good example in marketing would be to start with OWM and get some squidoo lenses out there. As you get better at doing them and start to experience successes, then move on to 6 Step Niche Sites. , and then just keep moving on and up. You can do it. Start at the step that’s right in front of you; don’t try to leap to a step that’s still far away.

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