M.Nader -DODZ- wrote:
Personally i don't believe in luck............
I strongly disagree with most of that, and especially the phrase "you make your own luck", a phrase I see most often used by people trying to grab a little credit for something over which they had no control.
Luck by its very definition is not something you have any control over, it's just a random occurrence. Whilst it is perhaps comforting to think that people ultimately get the luck they deserve, and that there is some karmedic
force keeping score and balancing things out over time, it's just not true. Terrible things happen all the time to nice people and vice versa. By no means do people always get the good fortune that they deserve.
Please don't take this as a personal attack, I respect much of what you post, even if I don't agree with all of it, however on the subject of luck, I feel pretty strongly that life in general is more or less random, and whilst it is possible to stack the odds in your favour, there is no guarantee of success, no matter how much you may deserve it.
Don't worry, nothing personal at all this is just a case of someone believing in something you/i don't, and i certainly am happy that you respect what i post!.
The way i see it is a bit opposite to you. you say that people try to take credit for something they had less control over, I personally like to take credit for failures i was not in control of which in turn will make me realize what i could have done to make it different. and this may involve to take credit for something that happened because of "luck" and i rationalize that by the following.
I will give you an example which i was convinced by when i thought about it when i was younger, A scientist in a lab trying very hard to produce a chemical, he fails miserably until one day a kid comes by and while playing kicks a table which causes all lot of things to fall and brake, things get mixed up and a small part of what the scientist is looking for occurs in the middle of a dangerous pool of mess and chemicals. The guy notices it, backtracks what happens and realizes what eh was doing wrong. Was he lucky the kid came playing by? was he lucky that things got mixed up the way he needed? I don't think so, i believe that person put himself in a position to take an advantage of such a rare and unpredictable occurrence
I can apply the same thing to many different examples in many ways such as Newton in science, and many areas in life in fact and that includes sport and racing.
and that is what i use to rationalize "luck" (the underlined bit), I do use the word often but that is just a bad habit and don't believe in it. I don't like to think on that i was unlucky that this happened, but how can i make the best out of that situation. I see no reason to put my failure or success to something out of my control as almost always there is something better i could have done, this is just who i am and how i behave. even if there is nothing i could have done, why give or take credit to something i don't know!
Anyhow, this is something completely unknown and i would say a lot would get their understanding of luck in a different way and see different things as lucky or not. and it is nice to see how people think differently and thus this will affect their behavior.