The Limits of Magic
Throughout my time in the workplace, I've heard people predict that something magical was going to take place.
"With that sort of background, headhunters will be knocking on your door." [They won't be.]
"Once you've achieved that, your promotion is assured." [Don't count on it.]
"With the pool of potential customers, this will sell like hot cakes." [Potential buyers have minds of their own.]
It is as if Hollywood has fostered an unrealistic atmosphere in which it is safe to underestimate difficulties and competitors because Cinderella stories are not the exception, but the norm.
This does not mean that luck plays no role in careers. Some people are in the right place at the right time and that makes all the difference. But those lucky folks often had to work very hard to get to the spot where lightning struck.
It is one thing to believe in magic. It is another to rely on it.