As they say, we would all like to get a penny for each time that we heard someone saying, “He is a lucky guy” or She has such bad luck”, while others say, “It was fate” and of course, how about serendipity?
As they say, we would all like to get a penny for each time that we heard someone saying, “He is a lucky guy” or She has such bad luck”, while others say, “It was fate” and of course, how about serendipity? It is deeply ingrained in our psyche, so much so that we don’t know if it does or doesn’t exist. Well, when in doubt, hit Google! And that is exactly what I did. Unfortunately, sometimes the World Wide Web can provide with so much content that instead of enlightening us, it confuses us. I will try to simplify it as much as humanly possible in order to start the conversation going.
According to the dictionary, “luck is the success or failure apparently brought by chance, rather than through one’s actions.” So, when we see someone win the Lotto or coming back from Vegas, flushed with cash or a neighbor prosperous in business, we immediately think, how lucky they are. Moreover, we have heard and used phrases such as, “it is in the cards”, “It is written”, “Que sera, sera”.
Furthermore, we always seem to think that something has been attained overnight: actors that win an Oscar, singers that become famous, entrepreneurs that became millionaires. However, if we take the time to analyze their lives, the vast majority, if not all of them, has been following a long, hard road to success. In the book, “The Outliers: The Story of Success”, author Malcom Gladwell, presents his theory of the 10,0000 hours. The unavoidable formula in achieving mastery in any field; case in point, The Beatles, Bill Gates, etc. Of course, and as it is to be expected, this premise, has been heavily refuted and the thought still remains. Even the virtuosos, as the true geniuses are called, follow a grueling, life-long immersion in the practice of their craft. After all, one just does not wake up, one day and all of a sudden, tickles the ivories in a fantastic, out of this world way, or runs a marathon and leaves everyone else behind, or designs the most fabulous building in the world.
It is my humble thinking that we need not to bother with what is more important or pervasive than the other. I also feel that we may never get to the absolute answer to the never ending question. We will be better served to understand that there will always be those mysteries, in life and/or in nature that we may never unlock. We may be better off accepting that each of these elements, luck, serendipity and hard work will need to be present in order to achieve whatever it is, that our heart desires. That is much better to maximize our chances in accomplishing our goals by ensuring the elements, over what we have control over and let the ones we cannot control to take their natural or unnatural path.
Let’s think, we have a bunch of factors that need to be present in order for something to happen in a certain way. We will need to do whatever we can, so that we can have the odds on our favor. After all, that is all we can do. The other option is to do little or nothing and to leave it to a minimal amount of chances. Leaving the mathematics against us.
Whatever we want in life, we will always feel better about ourselves, if we have given it our best, this will leave us content with the fact that we tried hard. In many cases, life is not what we can obtain, but what we learned and experienced out of the process.