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message 1: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16032 comments Despite statistics that predict only minimal (if not barely existent) chances to catch a luck by the tail, a lot of people nonetheless count on luck, be it in casino, lottery, forex, stock exchanges, etc. And, who knows, maybe among indie authors we have prospectors too -:)
One can call some of the above legal scams, for isn't it a scam to collect money in lottery with a chance to win one in millions? Even a shell game, known fraud, probably offers better chances. Yet, there are lucky winners, that win despite meager chances.
However these venues, legal and illegal, demonstrate an ever existing percent of luck-chasers. And don't all of us count on some luck in situs with a few possible scenarios?

Luck or absence thereof is also a comfortable excuse or explanation for anyone else's success and your own failure -:)
'I have no luck, man' explains pretty much any adverse result.
Having said all that, is the luck indeed an essential component for any successful endeavor? Is the luck catchable?
Where do you belong: counting on luck often, never, rarely?


Tara Woods Turner | 2063 comments I daydream about luck and then I roll up my sleeves and get down to work. Success is the child of both of those factors.It is where preparation and opportunity cross paths.


message 3: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Tara wrote: "I daydream about luck and then I roll up my sleeves and get down to work. Success is the child of both of those factors.It is where preparation and opportunity cross paths."

Nicely put, Tara.

I hope to get lucky winning the lottery than writing. Writing has more to do with happiness to me than anything else. When I'm not feeling it, I stop writing. This also explains my lack or care of promoting. But the lottery, well, it would help us out in so many ways. Which reminds me, I gotta give my husband a few numbers for the Euro Lottery. :D


Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger) (sammydogs) Yes, very well stated, Tara!


message 5: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 11764 comments Buying a lottery ticket is different from other forms of gambling - most people, when they buy it, know they won't win, and they don't expect to win. basically, they hand over their cash and that is that, except there is this very remote chance that they will win, and if they do it is a total game changer. For most people, a lottery win will bring in far far more than they could ever imagine earning in a lifetime, so the mathematics of game theory suggest that if putting the ticket money in does not significantly adversely affect your life, why not?

Another misleading statement is, "The harder I work, the luckier I get". The implication is, my success had nothing to do with luck. In fact, luck has nothing to do with hard work, other than the more you test it, the more chances you have to get lucky. The key here is you have a means of dealing with the adverse luck, and you have the sense to recognise the good luck. Luck, in my definition, is a chance outcome that you cannot affect. Of course hard work gets rewards, but it is not through luck. And really bad luck cannot be overcome by hard work.


message 6: by Annie (new)

Annie Arcane (anniearcane) Miss Tara: "I daydream about luck and then I roll up my sleeves and get down to work. Success is the child of both of those factors.It is where preparation and opportunity cross paths.

Me: *nods agreeably*


message 7: by Alex (new)

Alex (asato) Ian wrote: "Luck, in my definition, is a chance outcome that you cannot affect. Of course hard work gets rewards, but it is not through luck. And really bad luck cannot be overcome by hard work."

this definition of luck is very useful. thx!

Tara wrote: "I daydream about luck and then I roll up my sleeves and get down to work. Success is the child of both of those factors.It is where preparation and opportunity cross paths."

this is also very useful. in this context, opportunity = luck.

i'm coming around to the idea that preparation is having some content that you can quickly turn around to take advantage of an opportunity.


message 8: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 11764 comments There is no doubt that using luck successfully involves recognising when luck favourites you and taking advantage of it, and conversely, defending yourself if it does not favour you. Being prepared, and being awake, are critical.


message 9: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16032 comments Agree with Ian, that luck is something you have no influence upon - random favorable occurence. Possible, that there are laws for luck that we are unaware of, as some people seem to be more 'lucky' and others 'unlucky', but that's something the modern science is yet to discover and prove, Murphy's law including -:)
When you work hard towards some goal, you kinda expect to achieve a positive result, so its achievement is due to effort rather than luck (which may or may not form a tail wind).
There is also opportunity - something unexpected, can be neutral or favorable, that one can try to maximize its effects or make it positive through hard work or otherwise...
Preparedness is probably good for any eventuality -:)


message 10: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 11764 comments Nik wrote: "Agree with Ian, that luck is something you have no influence upon - random favorable occurence. Possible, that there are laws for luck that we are unaware of, as some people seem to be more 'lucky'..."

If luck is random, then good and bad will follow a Gaussian type distribution, wherein most people do NOT have equal good and bad. Some will have good; some bad, and there will be a few on the extremes. That is simple maths.


message 11: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16032 comments I don't have a database for empirical cross -check, but it sounds about right - most people are mildly lucky or unlucky, and speaking about the extremes - only very few win lottery, while at the other end someone gets really harsh draw.
Not sure it's strictly mathematical though...


message 12: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16032 comments While touching lottery on some other threads, I thought this one regained some relevancy again -:)


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