So you believe in Luck?!

Tyche (luck), goddess of fortune

Tyche (luck), goddess of fortune

It’s always interesting to see someone — especially if a successful person — being asked about “Luck”.

A typical answer he would give might be something like “I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work, and bla bla bla ..”.

I understand how we all tend to be defensive when it comes to the things that define us; our achievements. So whenever someone try to take away our achievements from us by hinting that it might be a stroke of luck that made us successful, we rush to denying the existence of luck at all.

So does it really exist?!

A monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

The Infinite monkey theorem is one of the famous examples that come with mathematical support confirming the existence of luck.

It might be a bit extreme example, but if it can be proven to be possible once, then it can be repeated again and again especially if the outcome we’re looking for is way less complicated than trying to make monkeys write the complete works of Shakespeare.

Luck or a piece of luck?!

Excuse my use of this silly example, but it has been proven that this kind of examples works; most of the time.

Look at me. I will roll a dice. I wish it will give me a 6.

Umm.. Sadly it didn’t. It just gave me a 5. What does that mean? Was I lucky or not?!

It actually depends! .. if you assume that this dice roll was a silly simplification of how life works, then I assume that I was lucky. Maybe not extremely lucky, but I got a lot of luck that I can build on to reach the 6.

If I roll the dice again, and get a 1. Then I can say that I have a lot of work to do to reach the 6. I didn’t have lots of luck that time, but at least it wasn’t a zero.

In life, that’s how luck works. The infinite number of variables in the universe keep changing all the time and forming billions of billions of unique conditions, that each one of them can be in your favor, or not .. or maybe a little.

Conclusion

I’ve no conclusion or inspiring statement to share with you. I was just trying to state a fact, and I just did!

Originally posted on Medium for some reason I don’t remember!

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