I recently was discussing with my partner the role that hard work has played in our lives. We had worked hard all throughout our lives to get to a point of mild success. Yet, through the conversation, it became clear that while I attributed my success to hard work, she attributed hers to luck. This feeling, called “Impostor Syndrome” — the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skillsplagues many in the workplace, especially women and minorities.

While reflecting on this, it became clear that my own story was shaped in many ways due to luck — the family I was born in, the school I went to, the people I met that helped me along the way. More than “luck”, many of these forces were circumstances of privilege. While luck is the outcome of a dice roll, privilege is how much the dice is loaded. Strategy is how you capitalize on the outcome. And hard work is how much you try and practice. …


Geoff Charles

I enjoy building technology products that try to make the world more equal. Product Manager @Ramp, ex @MissionLane, @LendUp, @Nomis, @OliverWyman

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