“Luck” From Branch Rickey

My dad, (Sr.), shared this quote with me today via: Motivational Speaker George Torok.  Here is our adaptation of the quote to make it a part of our #AmazingThoughtz #AmazingPath quotation series…

The quotation is taken from an interview in the Sporting News on February 21, 1946, with Branch Rickey, then the President and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers famous for breaking MLB baseball’s color barrier renowned as the bold executive who signed Jackie Robinson to play for the Dodgers minor league affiliate a year earlier in 1945.

Jackie Robison (left) signs his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 as team president and general manager Branch Rickey (right) looks on.

In his 1946 Sporting News interview, Rickey shared these wise words, 

“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.”

~ Branch Rickey

Here is my personal favorite take on this gem, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

~ dlw, jr.

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donwestjr

Don West, Jr. is a corporate mystic who enjoys a delectable meal and a stiff Manhattan. Intrigued by the subjects of legacy and success he makes time to explore both. An entrepreneur at heart he thrives on helping individuals and entities grow and transform. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kay and their adorable little Pekingese - Duchess.

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