Seth has yet another great post today about effort, luck and their relationship to one another. It comes down to this: we can only control what we can (effort), the rest will just happen, good or bad (luck).
The best part of this post are the tangible action items he suggests. I'll give you the first two:
1. Delete 120 minutes a day of 'spare time' from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.
2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:
Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)
Send three thank you notes.
Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)
Blog for five minutes about something you learned.
Give a speech once a month about something you don't currently know a lot about.
Read the whole thing here.