Luck and Leverage


Summary of Main Ideas

One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s “How I Built This.”

At the end of every episode, host Guy Raz asks his guests one simple, thought provoking question.

“How much of your success do you contribute to luck?”

I love this question because it has given me such an incredible insight into how people think, and how people process the events of their lives, and it has really made me stop and ask myself the same question

There are certain things in my life that I cannot control. I can’t control the fact that I’m a mixed-race man. I can’t control who my parents were. I can’t control where I grew up, or the fact that I live in 2018.

For better or for worse, those things are out of my control.

The question is, what am I doing with the luck that I’ve been given? Am I leveraging it? Or am I overlooking it?

What are you doing with your circumstances? How can you leverage those to create positive, life-changing outcomes that will do the most good for the most people?

Tony Robbins has said that “life happens for us, not to us.” Meaning that anything that happens to you, whether a blessing or a curse, can be leveraged into something that can be beneficial for us. When you approach your circumstances with that attitude, you cannot lose.

I can’t control everything, but because of my outlook on life, I can leverage those for my good and the good of others.


“Life happens for me, not to me.” Tony Robbins

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

Reflection Questions

  1. What areas of your life do you chalk up to “luck?”

  2. What are you doing with those circumstances? Are you leveraging them or overlooking them?

  3. Think of one specific life circumstance that has you stuck. Now imagine how your life could change if you simply leveraged that circumstance as a blessing?

  4. Who are the people in your life that help you leverage your circumstances?