How Luck happens?

‘Good luck’ wishes floods in from our near and dear ones when we are about to attempt something good, greater and grand in life. It can be while taking up an examination, attending an interview board, presenting your first thesis, arriving at a new business opportunity or anything that demands our involvement  towards what we call as ‘success’.


What does it take to succeed? What are the determinants – talent, skill, hard work, being mentally tough and disciplined, having great competitive spirit, perseverance or luck?


What is this luck factor? Has it got any relevance in Clearing UPSC Exam? Can we control the level of luckiness in our lives? Or is it that luck didn’t favor you this time on your way to achieving success?

If you are tired of waiting for luck to find it or if you want to beat the competition then the answer for you lies here in this reading!


Let us get the idea of luck, correct

We tend to think Luck is something we either have or don’t have, something that can mysteriously become real or mysteriously vanish. But luck is something else .It is a combination of chance, talent and hard work. There’s always a common misconception that luck lies beyond our control and randomly somehow happens. However in reality, it’s much more substantial than that and we have more control over it than we think.


American founding Father Thomas Jefferson once quoted “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

Luck versus Chance: Which can we control better?

Luck is not the same thing as chance, but chance does play a part in luck. It’s important to understand that while chance is totally out of our control, it’s always accompanied by other factors that we can control. In fact, luck is the result of chance meeting talent and hard work, and increasing your luck involves preparation and the ability to seize the opportunity that lies in front of us.
For instance, let’s say that, by chance, you are seated next to an investor at a dinner party and that, after putting on your idea before him he decides to provide you with the initial capital to start your company. This can be called as a random stroke of luck. But notice that there are two parts to it, one is the seating arrangement and how you handle the seating arrangement and second is your ability to project and present your idea to anyone at any time, is preparation. Collectively all the factors put together helps generate luck.

In a national survey conducted by the authors, 67 percent of respondents believed that hard work played a role in bringing luck in their lives, and 64 percent thought that luck depended on curiosity and seeking out opportunities.

How to exert control and increase your chances of getting lucky?


Rome’s intellectual figure Lucius Annaeus Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.


Which stands so true .Being persistent and passionate about your ideas can help you transform your approach to life and improve your luck. Luck presents itself to those who continue hanging around even after the majority have given up – people like best-selling author John Grisham, who didn’t give up even though he was rejected by 28 publishers. Today, 275 million books penned by him has been sold off globally.


When to go and grab the luck?


Let us follow an example of when to start out small and how it helps. In 1928, physician and microbiologist Alexander Fleming returned to his laboratory after a long vacation to find that a strange bacteria-killing mold had somehow entered his office and fallen into a petri dish. While many people would have discarded this invading bacterial species, Fleming could locate the potential importance it contained. Only because he’d done lots of research beforehand he was able to make out what was happening, and his observation led him to discover the bacteria-killing drug penicillin, which won him a Nobel Prize in 1945.

What it takes to be the luckiest from among the crowd?


You’re not the only one who’s persistent, passionate and placing yourself in high-opportunity environments. So to stand out from the crowd, you need to start thinking differently.
In the 1960s, athlete Dick Fosbury developed a unique approach to his high jump that is the midair rotation known as the Fosbury Flop. Even though experts dismissed it at first, calling it as awkward, the Flop landed him a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. So go against the flow with persistence and clever placement, and you’ll be well on your way to getting luck on your side.


Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

How to steer through bad luck?


You have the ability to turn bad luck into good with a positive outlook only if you know how to steer well.
Author Lee Child was fired from a job into which he was for 13 years. But instead of complaining and grumbling about his bad fortune, he channelized his frustration into creating the bestselling Jack Reacher novels. This hill-climbing strategy is described in a manner that in order to conquer the mountain peak higher than the one you’re currently climbing, you must often first descend into a valley.

Steer through life with a compass, not a map.

If you know the basic direction you wish to go in, you will be able to adapt even if the landscape changes around you lead you to opportunities that might just change your luck.


Final Note: Luck is more in our control than we think. By following the principles outlined here which requires combining hard work, talent and chance, preparing and putting yourself in places where opportunity is likely to strike, and learning the art of steering well you can increase your openness to luck.


But Remember: Good luck is always a lazy man’s estimate of a worker’s success!



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