Whenever I talk with people about becoming a famous architect, and I ask "well what do you think it takes to become famous?" The responses are wide and varied. Here are some common responses I get:
- A a combination of luck, timing and who you know...No matter what, when lady luck comes knocking, you'd better be ready to pounce.
- Well... you need to be talented, hard working and have some luck.
- You have to be lucky enough to have been born to rich parents.
- Do your best work and it will happen or it won't.
- There's an element of randomness to it, but becoming famous doesn't happen at random.
- I suppose you to have to be fortunate enough to be friends with already famous people to begin with.
- When reading the history of famous architects a common thread is either that they were [lucky enough to be] born rich (like P. johnson...kurokawa, fumihiko maki, shigeru ban, and I hear rumours about Ando too...), had a good teaching job to live off of, or a combination of both.
- You have to be lucky; meaning being in the right place at the right time and yeah talent helps too
If you haven't already noticed, the one common denominator in all these statements is the magic ingredient of luck.
- Luck: an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another.
- Luck: the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities
For a lot of people, Luck is a belief that good or bad fortune in life is caused by accident or chance, and attributed by some to reasons of faith or superstition, which happens beyond a person's control.
Buddhism teaches about karmma; the idea of moral causality; that all things which happen must have a cause, either material or spiritual, and do not occur due to chance or fate.
Followers of Christianity and Islam believe in the will of a supreme being directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence, theologily refered to as Divine Providence. It varies greatly from one person to another; however, most acknowledge providence as at least a partial, if not complete influence on luck. The concept of "Divine Grace" as it is described by believers closely resembles what is referred to as "luck" by others. One such activity is prayer, a religious practice in which this belief is particularly strong.
Others associate luck with a strong sense of superstition, that is, a belief that certain taboo or blessed actions will influence how fortune favors them for the future.
There is an old Babylonian saying that goes something like this:
If a man is lucky, bound his hands and feet together and cast him in the Tigris and he will swim out with a fish in his mouth for supper
I can not count the amount of times where I encounter architects who after seeing the newly published project of a famous architect and saying:
NOTES ON BECOMING A FAMOUS ARCHITECT
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