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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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
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.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

wshoe eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

priyasays | Student

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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priyasays | Student

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.

I go with you. Our earlier actions or others' actions may help us culminate good or bad results in the current situation. In this way this term called 'luck' can connects all of us.

priyasays | Student

Thank you all for the response :) and I'm sorry I started this discussion in the wrong category.

@ lmetcalf you said about your experience of not having to wait in the line at the grocery shop but what if you are itself the reason for not having a line?? think of it, our lives are a chain of connected events..may be you have itself unknowingly assigned work for people who are meant to be at the grocery and hence have found it free. When we do a work, it may be good for few and be bad for few and where does luck or fate or chance come here??

senioreeto | Student

i think luck is 99% necessary for getting success in any field.this luck is basically a blessing of God upon us.real luck is that which is created by the prayers, worship and moral goodness of a person.it is this luck which  remains with a person throughout his life.together with the hard work and passion,this luck leads a person towards real success in life.