Definition Essay: What Is Luck?

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What is luck? Is it chance or is it the result of effort, skill and good decision making? Oprah Winfrey once said that "Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity." I agree with Oprah, luck is not chance. Luck is the illusion of preparation for the presenting opportunity. Imagine if you had a job interview. Would you arrive without any preparation and hope luck would land you the job, or would you learn about the position, the company and the required qualifications, and arrive fully prepared and confident. I know what choice I would choose. Another example is a ten year study by Richard Wiseman, whose is a Professor of Psychology. Wiseman states that luck is determined by our actions and behavior. He studied over 400 people

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