Luck Surface Area

Luck Surface Area

"The amount of serendipity that will occur in your life, your Luck Surface Area, is directly proportional to the degree to which you do something you’re passionate about combined with the total number of people to whom this is effectively communicated." – Jason Roberts

The two components of the idea above:

1) Finding something you love.

2) Figuring out how to communicate it.

You have a built-in advantage in this process if the thing you love to do produces something you can share with the world.

This was an accidental discovery for me having pursued design as a career. Every day you make an artifact that follows you around forever.

In interviews, your background didn't matter - your work did.

"Don't tell me what you think, show me your portfolio." — Nassim Taleb

The above quote is taken slightly out of context (referring to financial positions) but the concept remains true.

In an increasingly digital world, finding a way to generate proof of work and publish it digitally is a way to compound your effort into the future, seeding relationships and opportunities that you can't conceive of in the present.

Luck Surface Area by Visualize Value

Learning is like climbing an infinite ladder.

We're conditioned to think of a single percentage point as an almost non-consequential gain. In conventional wisdom investing, 1% would be laughed at.

How long it takes to learn something is a better proxy for how valuable something is than how long it takes to do something.

It's comforting to think that hitting a certain target or achieving a definable milestone will bring us lasting comfort.

If you make $10,000 or $1,000,000 and spend 100% of it, the outcome is the same.

An abundance of connectivity means you’re only ever a second away from another opinion.

Expecting to excel in anything without consistent practice is the easiest way to lose.