There is no formula for success. Meaning there is no specific quantity of ingredients that, if you mix them together, will make you successful. However, there is an equation for success.
Talent + Effort + Luck = Success
Winning the lottery, for example, takes all luck, no talent and minimal effort. The success, if you define success as making money, is real. The money has the same buying power as someone who worked hard for it, but the lottery didn’t require much talent or effort and, as a result, is hard to repeat.
Talent is something you’re born with. Effort is something you apply. And luck is well…just luck. But all three matter for success.
Understanding this equation allows us to rely on our talents in some cases, put in a little extra effort in others and always appreciate the luck that helps along the way.