My sister referred me to a website that spoke about perseverance as being "applied luck." While this source acknowledged that luck plays a role in all people's success, usually it's because the person stuck it out through the tough times and they then came to be lucky. It's kind of like a law of averages or law of attraction thing: the more you stick it out, the better your chances of stumbling across some dumb luck, or maybe you just draw the good fortune into your life.
Well, perseverance and applied luck: that's the motto for my music career.
Days to go: 311