Daneen Skube

Is success luck or skill?

Q. I feel like I've had a lot of bad breaks on the job over the last few years. I look around and see coworkers who seem to get all the goodies, and I can't figure out what they are doing differently. How much do you think success is good luck and how much is success skill?

A. Success in the short run can be luck, but long-term success always involves skill. There was an in-depth analysis of whether winning at poker was skill or luck, and the statistical research discovered it was skill. The interesting conclusion is people who are successful at poker get the same bad hands as other players, but it is what they do with the hand they are dealt that determines success.