Luck....is it real?? if so, is it really necessary??? To be sure, I dont know whether luck is real or not. I feel it is atleast 5% necessary for success

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I read a really interesting report about a university that set out to investigate just what you ask. They gave participants a scenario:

You are in line at a bank, waiting to take out money. Suddenly, a gunman walks in and, in the course of holding up the bank, fires his gun, and you get hit in the leg. What is your reaction?

What was interesting was that the people who said "Just my luck! Typical! These things always happen to me!" were those who would class themselves as unlucky. Those who said that they were lucky, on the other hand, responded by saying things like "How fortunate! I could have been killed! I was just hit in the leg!" Luck, they concluded, depends on our own outlook and perspective rather than anything else.

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I believe luck is what create for ourselves.  When things are going well we may feel lucky, but chances are we are experiencing the results of earlier actions.  Phonpei, for example, was recommended for that job because of past performance.   I also believe we can be at the right place at the right time and experience a random dose of good fortune.

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I think luck is basically another way of saying chance or opportunity. We know that we can't control everything in our lives. When circumstances culminate in a result (good or bad), we usually call that luck. It might be considered bad luck that a person left the house five minutes early and ended up in an auto accident they might have missed by being on time or late. It might be considered good luck that a position opens up at a job just when the job seeker really needed it. Of course, some believe this is God working through our lives. I don't think calling something luck excludes the possiblity of God or demishes a person's belief in Him.
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The debate between luck and fate(?) will probably come down to an individual's personal faith/spiritual philosophy. I believe that we are all part of God's plan. We play a role in what he intends to achieve. If we fail to live up to our part, he adjusts, not his play (will) but how it is to be achieved. Therefore, I do not believe in luck. I believe in the blessing of God.

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Of course luck is real -- it is another word for chance, for circumstance, for fate etc. All of us live our lives with an understanding that we can't control MOST of what happens to us -- it is our fate, our chance, our circumstances, or our luck! The only thing we can really control is our REACTION to our chances. The only locus of control is in ourselves. If you think back on any given day, there are many "lucky" events that you don't even notice! Here is an example from my day: it was lucky that there wasn't a line at the grocery store. That meant I got home a little sooner and I didn't miss the phone call that was ringing as I walked in the door. I couldn't have controlled how many people where in line; I could only have controlled my actions. If I missed the call (bad luck) I would have only been able to return the call when I got a chance.

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I do believe that luck can help us to succeed -- not all of our success comes from our own actions.  For example, I got my first job because a principal in a small town near where I live asked the HR people at the school district in my town for names of people who would be good for a position they had open.  I made part of my own success by being good enough that the HR people mentioned me.  But if that principal hadn't been friends with the HR person, it never would have happened.  So luck had a fair amount to do with my ability to get a job.

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