Law Office of Don E. McClure April 2018


April 2018

8866 Gulf Freeway, Suite 440, Houston, Texas 77017 | 281-402-3478

page 1 How to Increase Your Luck

page 2 The Message Behind Kindness Rocks

page 3 Three Auto Accident Aftermath Myths

page 4 Texas Education Is Going to the Dogs



because hard work requires focus and dedication, but skills overcome talent every time. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Luck is achieved when hard work meets opportunity. The harder you work, the more happy occasions will be presented to you. The more willing you are to take advantage of these opportunities, the more success you will have. Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control. Her mission in life is to understand what makes people successful and how we can teach a success-driven mindset to children. After her experience as a seventh- grade math teacher, Duckworth realized there was more to the success of her students than IQ. In fact, many of her students with average IQs excelled in her classroom, and many students with the highest IQs struggled with the curriculum. After enrolling in graduate school to become a psychologist, she conducted many years of research on the predictors

As a business owner and attorney, I’m often asked the question, “Does luck play a role in success?” In my opinion, luck can play a role in your successes in life, but it often plays a much smaller part than factors you can control. And to me, that is fantastic news. Even if you have luck on your side, you won’t achieve success unless you are able to recognize the opportunities set in front of you and have prepared yourself to take advantage of them. Opportunities arise for each of us every day, but unfortunately, many of us don’t recognize them for what they are. In order to recognize an opportunity and take full advantage of it, we must have the right mindset. This means we don’t make excuses for ourselves and we don’t wallow in our bad fortune. Instead, we prepare. comes naturally, but you can have all the talent in the world and still lose to someone who has worked hard for their skill. As the famous saying goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Preparing properly may take a long time, Preparation is the difference between talent and skill. Talent


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