"This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain"
These are lyrics from "Remember The Name" by Fort Minor and I am almost positive that no one will have heard this song (if you want to, you can click here). What struck me about it was the idea of having your own personal "formula" to both guide and evaluate your activities.
The components are more or less the same for all of us to a certain degree. I also think that it changes depending on the season we are in. For instance, if you are building a business or on the midst of turmoil it might be: 15% luck, 25% skill, 35% concentrated power of will, 0% pleasure, and 25% pain. But if you have a business that is running effectively and efficiently, it would look something like: 5% luck, 35% skill, 10% concentrated power of will, 40% pleasure, and 10 % pain.
So the question remains...what is your formula?