The definition of luck varies by the philosophical, religious, mystical and emotional context to the one interpreting it.
So many people have come up with their own ways of describing luck probably according to how it manifested in their own lives or their friends’.
Some luck comes with effort but others with no effort at all.
Some need skills but others don’t.
Yet again, sometimes it comes through the failure of others,in business for example.
After a research on luck for ten years, Richard Wiseman revealed that ” lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, making luck decisions by listening to their intuitions, creating self-fulfilling prophesies via positives expectations and adopting a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
There are those serendipitous situations that come along perhaps once in a lifetime where being in the right place at the right time can tee up an opportunity with no preparation at all. Luck.
This is a perfect example. I came across an interesting story from Richard Branson’s book, ‘The Virgin Way’. Richard explains a story of a friend of his whom he names, Antonio, raised in Santiago, Chile and eventually attending California’s prestigious Stanford University where he earns a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and Behavioral Sciences.
One day, while he was attending Stanford, Antonio was standing at the back of a long line outside a movie theatre when he and the stranger next to him were told that the show had sold out and they’d have to come back another day. Equally miffed, the two of them struck up a conversation and, with some unanticipated free time on their hands, ended up going for a cup of coffee together. Over coffee, Antonio asked what the stranger, who was also attending Stanford, was up to and was told that he and a fellow student were working on a research project that was something to do with search engines. As they parted company the other student handed over a copy of his research paper and suggested Antonio read it over and they could talk some more the next day.
Antonio said he tried reading the highly technical document that night but the bulk of it was all about algorithms and the like. He was, however, highly intrigued with the object of the exercise which was to organize the vast amount of information on the web according to the popularity of the pages. In short it struck him as an idea that had a lot of market potential. When Antonio met up with his new friend the next day, therefore, he asked how he could get involved. He was told they were in the early stages of raising capital to launch their business that it was valued at a million dollars and they’d love to have him as an investor. In what was to become the watershed moment of his life, Antonio responded by saying, ‘Well, I have $10,000 that was earmarked for a second-hand car but I might consider putting it into your company instead. What would that get me?’
He was told it would give him a one per cent ownership stake and so they agreed that they had a deal.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, the student Antonio had been speaking to was one Sergey Brin, and his partner went by the name of Larry Page. Although it was initially nicknamed ‘Back Rub’, the plan had been to brand their company ‘Googol’ after the mathematical term, but they opted to change this to the quirkier ‘Google’. A wacky word, perhaps, but one that was destined to become part of the vocabulary in just about every language on the planet.
Antonio has been astute enough never to sell a single Google share and has reinvested all his dividends. He never got the used car but that $10,000 is now worth billions of dollars.
The luckiest thing that ever happened to Antonio was going to see a popular movie in a small theatre. Had there been just two more seats left, his life would have been very different! But in terms of making the luck work for him he had to have the smarts to recognize an opportunity when it came along and greater still the guts to risk his $10,000 – about all he had at the time – on a couple of young fellow students with a dream.
According to Richard, the summation of good luck and good judgment can lead you to an INCREDIBLE achievement.
There is a lot actually, that revolves around luck. So, what is luck to you?
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