- Introduction: “Diligence is the mother of good luck,” said Benjamin Franklin.
- The word LUCK stands for ‘Labour under current knowledge.’
- The importance of luck in life. One needs to be lucky to succeed in life, example of Bill Gates and
- mountaineering expeditions to Everest.
- In the long run hard work invites good luck.
- Success that conies from pure luck and no hard work is temporary and elusive.
- Conclusion: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have,” said Thomas Jefferson.
“Diligence is the mother of good luck,” said Benjamin Franklin. Indeed hard work besides luck facilitates success. People succeed because of the hard work they have put in. Often we consider some people to be lucky, oblivious of the hard and painstaking effort they have put in, to taste success. Hence to depend on luck to succeed in life would be farfetched and misleading, for in the words of R W Emerson, “Shallow men believe in luck or circumstances .Strong men believe in cause and effect.’
The word LUCK stands for ‘Labour under current knowledge. This is for only working hard cannot get one anywhere. One must work hard using the current knowledge available on the subject. Thus if today one were to start a business venture of greeting cards, all the hard labour would be in vain. This is for in the present era of the Internet, and e cards, such a business would be a non starter.
Hard work is more important than luck. However there is no denying the importance of luck in life. Success without some luck is almost impossible. Napoleon said of one of his generals, “I know he is good. But he is lucky” Napoleon knew that all the hard work and talent in the world, cannot make up for bad luck. This is also evident in the numerous expeditions to conquer the Mount Everest, only a handful succeeded, while others failed. Not because of lack of hard work, faulty planning or mistake, but because of pure ill luck coming their way, in the form of bad weather or landslides.
Hence in addition to diligence one also needs to be lucky to succeed in life. Luck could mean being in the right place at the right time with the right skills. An excellent example being Bill Gates, a grade eighth pass out in 1968. He got an extraordinary opportunity to learn computer programming in a company, but instead of getting bogged down with punching cards, he worked long hours at the computer terminal, figuring out how things could be done differently. This ultimately led him to create a revolution in the computer world, becoming the founder of Microsoft and the richest man on earth.
However, in the long run hard work invites good luck. This is for by working hard, one is better prepared to grab the opportunity when it comes knocking. Most of the great inventions in science and discoveries in history, came about through a lucky mistake or a lucky chance. One of the biggest lucky mistake in history was Columbus’s discovery of America, though he was actually looking for India. However, his chance discovery cannot be ascribed to pure luck, for it was backed by years of study prior to undertaking the historic journey.
Success that comes from pure luck and no hard work is temporary and elusive. Thus luck can make a man win a jackpot. However, he is likely to squander it on fair weather friends and enjoyment. On the other hand wealth acquired through hard work and labour, is more permanent. This is for the person uses his wealth judiciously, having earned it the hard way.
Undoubtedly people who work hard, make their own luck. This is for they are ready to seize the opportunity when it finally knocks on the door. Hard work and, luck go hand in hand, for in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “I find that the harder I works, the more luck I seem to have.