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Luck? Fortune? Again, no.

Good comment/question by Jeff on "Luck Doesn't Exist" -


I’ve thought about this a good bit as well, and I think you and I have quite a few similar thoughts on this topic (and others based on your reply above about “Everything is my responsibility”).

I’m not sure I want to enter the fray here, because as you and others have tracked down, there are semantic blurs regarding “Luck”. One has to distinguish between the Magical Thinking version of luck and the other. I’d wager that those siding with the Magical Thinking version don’t really have a clear understanding of the factual world of mathematical probability.

More semantic blurring is evident when one considers the common casual usage of “lucky” without literally believing in the Magical Thinking definition. It is often used (you could argue incorrectly) as a simple expression of appreciation for one’s situation.

Reducing Luck's Impact On Your Life - Really Short Version

I've grudgingly come to admit that there's some luck in the world. A belief that luck doesn't exist is useful for getting a lot and developing a sense of internal control over one's life, but okay, there's random variables that hit.

A new definition of luck, then, is something like --

Luck: The outcome of variables outside of your control.

To reduce luck's impact on your life, you've got three options:

1. Increase your influence/control over events in your life. 2. Decrease the variables that matter to your end goal. 3. Or make outcomes less contingent on variables.

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