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December 11, 2008



all it takes are two things: a failure to fear failure and fortunate circumstance.

the perfect martini.


two ingredients: a failure to fear failing and fortunate circumstance.

Mark Randall Kilburn


I think if you dig a little deeper into their daily activities you may find some surprises. I have had friends that did homework as they walked between college classes and were the best time managers I ever met. Fortune favors the prepared.

Eric Karjaluoto

Hi Lisa,

Wow! Thanks for the kind words! We do like to keep busy around here, and we have a lot of fun. :-)

That being said, it has largely come at the expense of our weekends. Most of the time we just scramble to try to keep on top of things. (I keep wishing that we'd be more efficient in what we do!)



The Dan Ward

Hey Lisa!

I probably fall into that "over achiever" category too, and one of my tricks is that I neither watch football on tv nor do I play golf. I'm amazed that people find the time to do either of those things (although I actually do watch a lot of tv, come to think of it).

Anyway, a while back I came across a book titled The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind. The author (named Dr. Wiseman - can you believe it?) observes that "luck" is related to personality factors such as optimism, extroversion, openness, and low levels of anxiety. I think those probably apply to achievement too.

Wiseman’s research showed that while people who describe themselves as lucky are not more likely to win the lottery, they are more likely to experience positive outcomes
in other, less random activities. For example, a person’s extroversion creates a large social network, which can lead to “fortuitous” connections with people and resources. Openness to new experiences (including openness to failure, as previously noted) combined with low levels of anxiety leads to action. The eventual probability of success increases as you make more attempts.

I'm sure there's more to it than that, but I think it's a part of it...

Mark Randall Kilburn

"Opportunity knocks everyday" Awareness is as important as readiness.


I think a part of what we are talking about here is people who are possessive of time. Mark, I think you hit the nail on the head with the term "Time Managers" and like my son says "you can always make more money, but you can't make more time."

As for myself, I do get quite a bit done in the course of my day and I'm pretty proud of what accomplished thus far in my life. Having said that, however, I strive for more :)

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

Mark Randall Kilburn

Good for you Lisa,

I am a classic Southern California Underacheiver...think "The Big Lebowski"
meets 19th Century Captain of Industry.

It is a duality that is painful at times.
but people tell me I can weld in my sleep so it works for me!


Yes...there are people out there who hardly ever sleep and just go go go....but hey...do you want to be like that...well maybe just a little....

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