Success and Good Fortune
It is not hard to see that we mostly seem to attribute our successes to our cleverness and our own work, and our failures mostly to bad luck.
Many people in positions of wealth and comfort do not acknowledge that there was any luck involved in their success. There is always luck involved. Lucky to be born into a circumstance where that success is possible. Lucky to be in a position to have that success etc.
On the other side, most of our failures are also a bit or sometimes almost entirely of our own making. We can all see that more clearly in our friends and family than in ourselves. It’s clear that many people we know set themselves up in part for many of the mishaps they experience.
They see that in us too.
There’s something to learn from this - other people might be no less clever or hardworking than we are, just a bit less lucky. And maybe our own failures are more under our control than we have admitted.
It seems worth keeping this in mind.