I have been thinking about luck and the role it has played in my life. Not content with just pondering the subject I set out to list the key events in my life to find any clues.

This felt like the perfect excuse to try out Airtable.

Step 1: List the key events in my life

Step 2: Add a locations table to serve as a cross reference

Step 3: Create pretty views, easy to do in Airtable

Step 4: Stop playing with Airtable and get back to thinking about luck…

I think of luck as something I don’t have any control over. Of all the entries I put on my lifeline 3 stand out as being lucky. Each a different type of luck.

  1. Fate: John Rawls said, “A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.” We don’t live in a just society and being born to educated parents was my first major bit of luck. An interest in the sciences, arts, learning, frugality and doing the right thing were all lived rather than explicitly taught. A privilege not everyone gets, and something I mustn’t forget.
  2. Right Place: I met my wife 24 years ago on the first day of university. Being in the right place at the right time to help her find student accommodation has led to a shared life story that I wouldn’t want to swap for anything.
  3. Market Luck: I bought my first flat in 2002, I was 22 years old and it cost £94,950. I got a 95% mortgage, borrowing 3.75 times my salary. Three short years later I sold for 60% more and that equity has played a part in every house move we have made since.

So what have I learnt?

Firstly, I am grateful for the hand of fate in choosing who I was born to and don’t want to take that privilege for granted. However, going forward I would not be satisfied or fulfilled if I didn’t think I had a part to play in any success. By staying curious, learning, putting in the work and doing the right thing over a long period of time I want to give myself more and more opportunities that could be classified as being lucky. How I feel will be what counts.

Secondly, Airtable spreadsheets can be made to look very pretty. The on boarding process was clever, getting you to pick three projects you are interested in so you don’t start with a blank slate. The integrations with other applications appear to be driving many #nocode projects and I look forward to learning more.

Thirdly, listing out the key dates in my life was not easy and I had to check several with my family. I look forward to updating the list with new entries.

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