I have a feeling this post will annoy a lot of people.
Especially successful ones.
But hey, it needs to be said so whatcha gonna do?
In media or any other business don’t ever underestimate the importance of luck.
Likewise don’t over-estimate the role played by your own talents and hard work.
I mention this because I hadn’t realised until recently that there was a second 27 Club. And that I belonged to it.
We all know of the original 27 Club whose unfortunate rock fraternity members all infamously died young, three years shy of 30.
I only know of two members of our particular small, select, very lucky 27 Club.
I found out about it while having a long overdue coffee last week with former Green Party TD, John Gormley, during which I caught up on his latest media venture, Grenstem, and we discussed the pros and cons of setting up on your own in this daft business we call media.
In amongst all the gossip I discovered that in the 1997 general election he was elected to the Dáil after a week-long re-count with Michael McDowell which he won by a mere 27 votes.
Now, I’ve never believed in lucky numbers – but once…and only once that I know of – 27 votes similarly changed my life. Without it, who knows where I’d be now? Certainly not typing this blog…