Friday the Thirteenth – What’s Luck Got to Do with It?


‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’ – Seneca

As a child, it was common to say ‘good luck’ to someone for a test or sports game.  If something bad happened, we attributed it to a bad stroke of luck.  However, the older you get the more you realize that ‘luck’ as an uncontrollable set of circumstances does not exist.  You create your own luck.

‘Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that that our lives are a product of cause and effect.  Call it karma, divine order, or a broad definition of Newton’s third law of motion; the principle is the same.  Simply put, what you sow, you will reap.  Therefore, the harder you work and the more you learn, the more prepared you will be to make the best of opportunities that come your way.  It is not about hoping for the best, but creating the best version of yourself in order to take on greater challenges, which subsequently result in greater rewards.

I won’t go into this one too deeply as there is a lot of literature that discusses success and luck.  I simply thought it was worth mentioning as today is the famous ‘unlucky’ Friday the thirteenth.  Superstitions aside (unless a great idea for a story is involved), today is whatever we make of it.  Even when things go wrong, it is up to us to choose the way we handle these situations.  So here’s to growing wiser and smarter so that we may create more ‘good luck’ in our lives.


Maja Dezulovic

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