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What is Luck? Are you lucky?

Is it for real??

Luck is often defined as a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person's control. It is also defined as Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

The existence of luck and of the ability to influence luck, both for good or ill, is one of the prolific and diverse beliefs in all of humanity. More popular than a belief in a personal God, more widespread than a belief in humanistic potential, and more prevalent than any kind of belief in natural or earth based spirits, the belief in Luck crosses lines of religion, class, race, culture, upbringing, and geographic distance.

But is it real?
Like all of what we call mysteries of life it is impossible, of course, to prove one way or the other.

Like many other governing factors in life, Luck plays a pivotal role in human life, right from the ability to take both constructive and destructive decisions to the more subtle emotional influences. When the going gets good, we praise our luck and when we face a torrid time, we curse it.

But more often than not we fail to understand or comprehend the fact that opportunities grabbed at the right time is credited with good luck and the failure to do so is termed with bad or rotten luck.

There comes a phase in everyone's life when nothing seems to go right. 'Luck' plays an all important role during such a phase. An arrival of good luck brings with it hope, happiness and a renewed interest in life. Luck could appear in the form of opportunities or in the form of a 'period of time'.

There's often a raging debate about Luck being associated with God. But does this mean that God is partial to people who are bestowed with good luck and impartial to people who don't??

I don't think so. God loves everyone and is for everyone irrelevant of the degree of luck associated with an individual.

Luck has got more to do with probability than anything else. One might buy a lottery ticket in which, for example, lets say that he has 1 out of a million chance to win. A person winning a lottery in such a case would indeed be extremely lucky.

Whereas a person who might spend his entire savings on buying the lottery tickets to acquire all possible combinations of numbers to get his odd reduced to 9 out of 10, yet lose out on that dreaded 10 % chance which might act against him.

Staunch atheists often define luck in a not-so-soft yet practical manner. According to them:Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances.
Real men believe in cause and effect.

However I prefer believing in a simple yet very powerful definition about luck which if you would notice really does make a lot of sense.

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"

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All said and done, most of us-if not all- have always had this urge to believe in luck. And rightly so! I personally believe that the belief that there is luck out there makes us hopeful and keeps us positive in our endeavors. That in-turn helps us achieve our dreams and aspirations!

Symbols associated with luck have been prevalent in our lives and culture for centuries. These symbols are deeply rooted in many of our cultures, tradition, and religions. For many, having these symbols in their homes is a must to ward off any bad-luck sneaking around :) From animals to objects and signs to alphabets & numbers, good luck symbols, consciously or sub-consciously, are in a way an integral part of our daily lives.

The below capsule displays a few symbols which are very popular and widely believed by many to be some of the luckiest symbols doing the rounds :)

Lucky sign- Four leaf clovers

The first leaf is for faith, the second for hope, the third is for love and the fourth leaf is for Luck!

The first leaf is for faith, the second for hope, the third is for love and the fourth leaf is for Luck!

Lucky horse-shoes upward pointed

Considered universally as one of the most lucky symbols

Considered universally as one of the most lucky symbols

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Lady bugs

A very popular good luck symbol!

A very popular good luck symbol!

The Number 7

Considered a very lucky number in most cultures!

Considered a very lucky number in most cultures!

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Incredibly Lucky people on earth!

Some may agree and others disagree, but facts and reality cannot be overlooked either. This section of the article takes a look at some of the most incredibly lucky people on earth. Whether cheating death or winning lotteries, these people have beat the odds times and again and emerged as winners!

Frane Selak: Born in Croatia and a teacher by profession, the luck factor associated with this gentleman is straight out of a Hollywood flick. This man not only cheated death 7 times but also won a lottery in 2003, thereby earning the title of the journalists as the world's most lucky person!

Ruben Van Assouw: This miracle 10 year old was the sole survivor of the Afriqiyah Airways tragedy of 2010. The crash killed 103 passengers including his family. Ruben in an interview stated that he was saved by a miracle.

Maarten de Jonge: He is being termed as the luckiest man alive today. Maarten had booked tickets for both the ill-fated Malaysian Flights MH-370 and MH-17, but cancelled his tickets due to last minute change in plans. Maarten, a dutch cyclist, was scheduled to compete for the Malaysia's Terengganu cycling team, and was meant to be on the MH-17 flight but decided to travel over the weekend due to personal reasons! Now call that as being lucky!

Joan Ginther: This maths professor from Texas has won the scratch-card Jackpot lottery not once but a whooping 4 times!! Her winning streak started in 1993 with a jackpot amount of 3.3 million pounds. This was followed by an amount of 1.4 million pounds in 2006. Her next lucky break came two years later in 2008, when she won the 2 million pounds jackpot. If this was not enough, Joan yet again won a massive jackpot amount of 10 million pounds in 2010. Well! luck surely seems to be on her side.

There are of course lots of other sole air-crash and other accident survivors who are indeed incredibly lucky to be alive today. Luck it seems, at times, is indeed a random phenomenon when it comes to winning lotteries and surviving horrific accidents.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity


Mansoor Ahmad Nasiri on November 02, 2020:

Thanks from your great information.

ravi kant on August 16, 2014:

Dear Friends

Things which are not in our control is called Luck. We all take birth by luck but in rest life we build our Luck by doing efforts.

Our efforts decides our Luck where as Ppl think just opposite of it.

LUCK Means Labour Under Correct Knowledge.

If you do your efforts with correct knowledge n with right timing then its dam sure ur luck with shine soon.

So don't depend on ur luck just work hard work hard...


M.walid on July 21, 2013:

in my opinian luck is more important then hard working ,because iknow some people that they doesn't have knolege but they have live is better then educated people.

Souvik Mukherjee (author) from Bangalore, India on December 02, 2012:


JEETESH on November 28, 2012:

It Help Me A Lot In The Preparation of the Debate

sana on October 21, 2012:

nice information

humaira on September 14, 2012:

V nyc thnkxx a lot

sasha on September 08, 2012:

luck is a matter of choice not chance basically it is something good that happens to a person who is lucky?

manoj yadav on August 24, 2012:

no luck is on process

Satish on July 29, 2012:

A pinch of luck is more than a ton of judgement........................!

HRD on June 07, 2012:

Luck is lack of understanding. Understanding the real reason and believing on self understanding is more important. Luck means just a guess.. It is the name for uncertainity where as understanding is for certainity.

Saurabh on May 21, 2012:

Luck is the word for weak peoples

gurl on May 07, 2012:

helped me in my essay! :)

hemant thakur on April 25, 2012:

without hardwork u can not take luck hardwork plays a good role in always take hardwork luck is alaways with u

Chand saeed on April 18, 2012:

i don't believe in luck becusase luck just play game and we not to involed the life

i like just my girl friend i love to much because she love i love him

jgsepfqw[ on January 31, 2012:

I ageess with some of you all!!!!

subhransu sekhar das on January 24, 2012:


Manoj goutam on December 05, 2011:

I belive in luck.bhagyang faloti saraatra nasa bidya nasa powrusom

The Humen Banana on November 20, 2011:

its so good and true like a real good banana

psychobaron on November 11, 2011:

When you get something GOOD, something which you think you didn't deserve - you call it Luck

When you get something BAD, something you think you didn't deserve - you call it Fate

ganesh,8529045425 on October 15, 2011:

certainly luck is something.but luck is totally depend on your hard labour,skills, attitude,decision,knowledege as well as your confidence.if u will never apply above these things into your- self .nobbody power of luck will ever help you even God also.

bhanu on September 19, 2011:


imagine ur dream world depending all upon luck

aaahahhah i think by only nd only doing hard work v cannot pursue our goals as luck matters a lot

joshua on September 16, 2011:

luck is God,luck is life, and luck is happiness and luck is even the food we eat and the water we drink, so look for God and you shall see luck for that is the duty for we humans. so look for God, and you shall surely see luck believe me.

Andries on August 16, 2011:

I thought that I have not been lucky in life.

Always thinking am not lucky ever, not winning or getting anything.

This has been going on all my life, after searching for answers to the question of why some people are lucky and others not.

I then I a suddenLy had Light bulb moment, which made me realise but u have been lucky.

I have a good relationship for many years.whichs makes me lucky.

I thought by winning money or price that makes u lucky.

I was so over come by emotion I started to cry when I realised that all along I was a winner with luck

I was so over come by this realisation with emotion I started to cry

komal on July 14, 2011:

in ma opinion hard work is luck...if u do hard work dan luck is in your foot..yes luck work if u dnt work hard dan only luck cant do anythng..if u r unluky dan do work hard n hard..1day luck is in ur foot.

sanket nawale on June 24, 2011:

i thnk that it was my luck to find page

shummy malhotra on April 10, 2011:

luck is the biggest part of my life...luck is the key

Connor on January 27, 2011:

I don't see how there can even be an argument as to how luck cannot exist. It is definitely there. Just as life is. If you begin to question things on such a basic level, you will just end up going in circles, as the "Am I Real?" question does. Simply put, luck is when an event has an outcome that is favourable towards you, which you didn't influence. There isn't a belief system present here, it's just a way to describe something that happens. I think people confuse luck with some other mystical force which can be influenced by certain objects/events, such as charms and beliefs. This isn't what luck is.

humaira noor. on November 18, 2010:

basically luck is real.

Priya kumar on November 16, 2010:

Hey great job yaar..............very nice helped me a lot in preparin for my debate...........:-)

Yeaaah! on October 12, 2010:

Thanks, this really helps me with parts of my speech :)

Although mine doesn't sound as good as this :/ hehe

zuhaib shaikh on October 11, 2010:

there are two things that make successful life in world 1 hardwork n 2 confidence are the key to success . don't believe in luck just believe in Allah (God)

Mat on October 01, 2010:

One mans luck is another mans failure.

You can influcance luck by the things that you do in life. Some times you have to take chances. Luck is based on periods of time in your life. These times can last along time or a short time dependent on the person. The people that you associate your self with can influence you luck, by the way that you react to them.

If you have read this wish me luck.

rounak agrawal on September 10, 2010:

rounak agrawal wadsa

luck is some what that we don't know it is or it is not but the ttruth behind that luck is behind everything

we are very lucky we got this world but the fact is that we are itsellf being unlucky

no one avoid to say that there is no luck

fortunately it is luck that we are human being

arti on September 07, 2010:

matarani is my luck.

trihama on September 07, 2010:

i m waitng to know the real meaning of luck.

simarpreet on August 16, 2010:

every 1 hve do hard to get something not only d luck is working without hardwork........

lucky on June 24, 2010:

Everyting is luck ........if u r lucky then u will get wat ever u want otherwise no......... wait for time of luck

farhana.shahwani on May 10, 2010:

luck is better then hardworking. if we have luck so then we can get our goal and we will be seccessful in our life. if luck ix with us then we can hardwork if luck is not with us then we can do anthing.

GOD on April 17, 2010:


JogoCII on March 10, 2010:

Well said. Very well said....

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