Peter Dinklage on "lucky"
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When talking with the New York Times, Dinklage initially said, “I feel really lucky.” But then he reflected on his choice of words and added:
Although I hate that word—“lucky.” It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes—I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.
Dinklage is right to attribute his success to his effort and integrity, not luck.
Source: New York Times