Thursday, July 31, 2008

Success in Spearfishing Part 7 of 9

Now we get to the last term of Piet's equation describing success in hunting fish with a speargun.

S = A + B x C + D + E + F + G

Term G is Luck

What is luck?
It’s defined by dictionaries as good fortune.

Let me ask you a few questions before we go on.

Well,is Donald Trump lucky?
How about Bill Gates?

Do consistently successful people always have good luck?
Or are there other factors involved.
Can one arrange things to bring about good luck?

My opinion is in line with that of Samuel Goldwyn
who says this about luck:
"I think luck is to quite a large degree the ability to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it."

It is being at the right place at the right time with the right ideas and knowledge.
Imagination at work doing some "chemistry" with knowledge and the present state of the environment. I think you can probably explain a lot of luck that way.

Then there is the pure unintended occurrence that was completely unintended that sometimes happens. I think that this is what Piet was referring to.

Perhaps I was once lucky while diving on the RIY banks to spear a yellowtail of 8 kg, and disable it with a spineshot. The spears momentum was sufficient to push through the fish and go strait into the brain of a 10 kg one swimming behind it.

So now we have gone through Piet's equation and see that it covers a lot

In the next two posts I will alter Piet's equation slightly to offer an explanation for the Donald Trumps, and other super achievers in many fields.

Speaking of super achievers go to and look at the nationals results that are up on the site. The super achievers in winning the SA spearfishing nationals were Jaco Blignaut(5 sequential wins), Tommy Botha(10 wins!), and Brain Clarke(6 wins).

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