I have been thinking about this question since a long time. How much percentage luck and how much percentage hard work play in our life success? I am sure that at any point of your life, you would have looked at a person and said "How lucky He/She is. I wish I was like him/her".
In order to understand this topic better, I began to read various personality development books and started talking with people regarding this. This article is about what I learned from them and what conclusion I had come upon.
A one sentence answer to our question is given in the book, the monk who sold his Ferrari, "What is luck, my friend?" Julian replied kindly. "It is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity." As we see, Preparation plays a vital important role in life success. When opportunity comes to a person who is prepared, he can take the opportunity. This is what Julian Mantle considers as luck. So if the luck knocks an unprepared mind, there is a high probability that he missed the opportunity and hence misses his luck.
When posed this question to my friend Shyam, he told me "Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny. When a person is determined to succeed in his life, the whole world wants him to win. Lady Luck is greedy. It supports success. It goes with those who do hard work. The nature silently prays for the person who does hard work and lady luck can't ignore him for long. A better word for Luck is opportunity. A person, who wants to learn more, who wants to accomplish something great in life, who focuses on only realizing his dreams, is bound to succeed and the right opportunity will definitely knock his door."
If a person believes only in luck, he just buys lottery tickets. He just waits. He will always be like that gambler in Las Vegas, staying at the roulette wheel. But if u do hard work, and luck comes, u never miss that luck.
Arun Vijay, put the answer in this way "You need to do had work without believing in luck. If you do hard work, and luck doesn't come your way, you don't need to worry since you have only believed in hard work and not luck. Hard work includes ability and skills. You should have right attitude to make this happen. If you wish to fly, and you do hard work day and night without working on to acquiring the necessary skills required flying, it is almost guaranteed that luck will be reluctant to come to your foot step".
It is truth that there might be many people who got success just of sheer luck. But since exceptions are not rules, I personally believe that we should not take these people as our role model since they took a bit of short cut to reach success. Short cut don't always lead a person to success.
What I understand on this topic is that, we are supposed to do our home work without depending on the luck factor. We should not be like a person who buys a lottery tickets and waits till luck blesses him. He may end up spending his life on this. We have to take advantage when luck is on our side, and do as much to help it as it's doing to help us. This is called the principle of favorability or beginner's luck.
If you are a student, we can do our best to concentrate on our studies and do as much hard work as we can. If you are an employee, give your best to your job. If you have a dream to follow, start immediately on it. Luck waits for no one. Before it comes, be prepared for it.
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