Luck is the residue of design

“I like, and have adopted Mr. Branch Rickey’s way of looking at things. He was an old accomplished baseball executive. History knows him best for breaking the colour barrier for Jackie Robinson, in 1952. He said, “Luck is the residue of design”. Here’s the full quote.

“Things worthwhile generally don’t just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes. Luck is the residue of design.”

I totally agree with you and old man Rickey. We’re all lucky if WE choose!! It’s true, we make our own luck. Attitude plays a major role. I’ve worked hard to be where I am, and with out the work, luck wouldn’t matter much.

Take care,

Enjoy this insight from my good friend Tom on the topic of luck.

George Torok

Motivational Business Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker


7 Responses to Luck is the residue of design

  1. Just curious…where does LUCK come from? its origination point?


  2. Dan G says:

    1947 not 1952. Everything else is wonderful.

  3. […] I even went and looked up the full quote and agree even more.  Here it […]

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  5. timseidler says:

    One of my favorite quotes of all time.

  6. Alan says:

    check your work before publishing: Ricky was just quoting an earlier, much more famous person…

  7. Chris Larson says:

    Jackie Robinson broke color barrier in baseball earlier–in 1947 or thereabouts.

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