[Zettel Feedback] What is luck?
Here is my contribution for consideration. It is a simple example, and pithy (for me), but reflects the structure I attempt to put into my zettels.
What is Luck?
I’ve heard luck defined as simply being well prepared (through hard work of various types) when opportunity comes knocking. I like and believe that definition, particularly because it removes luck from the realm of the mystical.
So then, you might ask, isn’t it just luck when opportunity comes along? The simple fact is that opportunities always come along. One just needs to be prepared, then patient and persistent (even tenacious), and finally discerning to recognize the right opportunity. So, you see, luck isn’t the first step nor is it the driving force - it’s rather the result of all the precursor steps just mentioned.
When one says “I wish I could be as lucky as that person”, what she is really saying is “I wish I could work so hard, learn so much, develop all the skills, and be as patient and tenacious, and as discerning of opportunities as that person”. Then I’d be just as “lucky”.
The following quotes reflect this idea.
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't. (Lucille Ball)
When it comes to luck, you make your own. (Bruce Springsteen)
I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win. (Uban Meyer - Head coach of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars)
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. (Thomas Jefferson)
[] What some people call "luck" is actually "probability" or "risk".
[] What is faith and how it leads to hope - is there a relationship also to "luck"?
[] A discussion about my dad's life - what relationship is there between always being open to opportunity and "luck"?
[] Some information about my friend W. A. - what relationship is there between tenacity and "luck"?
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!