100 Words On: Why Luck Is So Overrated

We tend to give “luck” far too much credit for people’s good fortune. Likewise, we often blame our own personal misfortunes on bad luck. While it’s true that luck is often due to pure chance, more often than not it’s the result of something we actually can control: our mindset. That’s why it’s no coincidence that the “luckiest” people tend to be optimists who are, by nature, more willing to embrace opportunities as they arise, or turn lemons into lemonade.

The bottom line: It’s much smarter to make your own luck than keep your fingers crossed and wait for it.

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    Julie says

    I’ve always believed in making your own luck. The secret is hard work and dedication and a strong commitment to what you do. With respect to opportunities, I think lucky people are very good at seeing opportunities where others don’t.

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    You are right on! An optimist will also recognize when something “lucky” happens and cherish those occasions. While a pessimist probably will just ignore little lucks and don’t see themselves as lucky…

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      Karen says

      Well… that’s the lucky gene pool. You can be a screw up, a criminal, and you will be protected if you’re a Kennedy, a Bush, a Clinton, a Mellon, Windsor, a Rockefeller. Aside from that, the harder I work, the luckier I get!

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    Yes, too much focus on luck – and it’s dark shadow, “not my fault”. I am a huge fan of personal responsibility. It’s amazing when you set goals, work towards them, and show up, how much “luck” you can experience.

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    deb says

    It is really amazing how much just being dressed and ready to roll when opportunity knocks is called LUCK.

    Some are ready because they planned for it and some are still up with yesterday’s hangover. Guess which group calls it GOOD luck?

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