Well written Zat…I wasn’t sure where you were going for a moment but then you had my full attention when you wrote about the beauty of statistics and consistency. I’m a big fan of consistency and success over time and to that your piece reminded me of the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell — I wonder if you’ve read it?
To the point of your article there’s a quote which goes:
It is not the brightest who succeed… Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them. (p267)
I think in a way you can re-classify opportunities used here as luck, and as you say, and I paraphrase, “design our lives around luck by having the awareness to recognize it and then also the ‘strength’ or focus to act and/or re-create it.”