Is the explanation for wildly successful businesspeople simply “luck”? Jim Collins makes that case that its how these leaders use luck–often in surprising ways–rather than the accumulation of breaks or unique opportunities.
This ability to achieve a high ROL at pivotal moments has a huge multiplicative effect for 10Xers. They zoom out to recognize when a luck event has happened and to consider whether they should let it disrupt their plans. Imagine if Mr. Gates had said to Paul Allen after seeing the Popular Electronics article: “Well, Paul, I’m kind of focused on my studies here at Harvard right now. Let’s wait a few years, and then I’ll be ready to start.”