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The Role of Luck

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How much does luck affect your life? And why is it some have it continuously while others never do?

Months ago, I was listening to an interview with then Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump who was discussing his business, lifestyle, and overall viewpoints on how he came to be who he was. His father had been a big time influence on him, and his mother, and those of past generations of his family. When asked about why some in his field of expertise do so poorly in comparison to his success, his answer was simple: “You can have the most creative, gifted mind in the world, but luck definitely plays a role in your overall success.” He admitted he’s one who’s been extremely lucky both in business and in his personal life, despite some failures. That he’s often shaken his head at how quickly his fortune was made. And this is coming from a person whose real estate career is the stuff of legend.

When you see a successful person, no matter if it’s in their career, marriage, or other areas of their lives, do you ever wonder how many chips had to fall in the right direction at the right time to make that happen? Do you often contemplate why some are simply born into riches, gifted with the good looks gene, or given that shiny, photogenic star appeal destined for Hollywood? Why some continually get promotion after promotion at work when you are just as good, if not better, at your job? Why some can easily loose or maintain a healthy weight while others sweat at the gym for hours not shedding a pound? Do you shake your head a little at those couples who met at an early age and remained in healthy marriages for fifty or sixty years while you’ve had multiple bad relationships to your credit? Is it oftentimes mind boggling, that even in this economy, some keep their jobs year after year while others suffer through layoff after layoff being no fault of their own? Do you ever wonder why a child is born with a silver spoon in their mouth while a kid in Africa is never even given a chance? Why some sail through life without even taking a vitamin, while others are always battling health problems? In other words, why are some gifted with having everything they want, with little effort and ease, while others continuously struggle?

I could keep going, but how much does luck play in our personal scripts of life? How often do you sit and wonder: Wow, I can’t believe I was so lucky to be at the right place at the right time for that to happen? Am gifted with meeting the right people, the right friends, the right husband or wife, or company giving me a truly blessed life? I can’t believe how amazing it is to be successful while others go hungry and homeless?

Many have heard the quote: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, and I believe this. But, I also believe that when one is given good advice, prepares hard for their goals, then opportunity will present itself. That success-minded people attract the same, and morally-minded people tend to have the same chemistry, therefore bringing them together among a crowded room. Luck and opportunities are something you look for, recognizing them is a huge key to becoming successful.

So why is it many never find luck? Are never given a chance to showcase their aptitudes and abilities in a field of equally-interesting and talented people? In other words, you could have a set of twins both given the same opportunities only to have one become rich and famous while the other lives among poverty. Why-- genes, outside influences, or pure luck?

Simply stated, I believe luck does play a role in life. Some have it, some don’t, and none of us understands why. The choices we make do carry a lot of weight, but luck is something that just happens leaving behind many while surging others ahead.

I’ve been both lucky, and unlucky in my life. A lot of it has boiled down to choices, while other times the wind just happened to blow in the wrong direction. All of us have experienced both, but identifying that lucky star when it comes can propel you toward your dreams.

May you and yours find luck often…

About the Writer

Randy Mitchell is a blogger on lifestyle, writing and relationship topics and is a published author of inspirational romance. His first novel "Sons In The Clouds" is available in paperback on Amazon. To read more about Randy, visit
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By TonyBerkman on August 08, 2012 at 05:02 pm

seems to all boil down to choices and somehow luck or being unlucky come into play. i had a many years of luck and one day it seemed as though a switch was flipped. sometimes we don't recognize luck so perhaps when we think we are going though the more difficult times in our lives we are actually being tested or trained so that we can become more. i don't know now though I certainly hope this is along the lines of what is really true :) great article

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By Randy Mitchell on August 10, 2012 at 05:04 pm

I've been throught the same and it leaves you shaking your head and wondering why? Thanks, Tony. Good luck to you, always!

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By neil6 on August 11, 2012 at 01:54 am

Randy I not only agree with your article, but I have made a systematic study on the timing of major change in people's lives, that sometimes can be considered as a lucky or unlucky twist of fate. I have concluded that fate has a timetable and fortune has a calendar and I write exclusively about just this in my 2 blogs and many other articles. Not everything is fair and some get more of life's rewards than others, that's unfortunately how it is. Great article.

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By Randy Mitchell on August 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Neil6, thank you. I will be reading your articles because I really love this subject. "Fate has a timetable and fortune has a calendar," great phrase, and it brings home the subject well.

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By Barbara MacDonald on August 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

Wonderful article and so much truth and wisdom in this...reminded me of the words of one of my favorite mentors...M. Scott The Road Less Traveled, he speaks about this so profoundly...

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

He goes on to say that the number one reason for mental illness is just this...people are not willing to accept this fact..."Life Is difficult" ...change happens when people do accept this, and learn to "rise above it"

Great article Randy, thank you...

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By Randy Mitchell on August 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thank you, Barbara. I love those words from Scott Peck. So truthful, and so filled with useful knowledge.

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