Good luck or Bad luckWhen something unfavorable happens we often hear people around us say, "That was a hard-luck!", "Bad luck, better luck next time" etc. On the other hand, if something good happens people say "You are a lucky person!" etc. Before any exam or an important event people wish "All the best". So undoubtedly luck plays an important part in any endeavor we undertake and sometimes even with the best of the preparations people do not come out well if luck is not on their side. I feel these facts have led people taking luck in a very loose way where people try to hide the reason behind any occurrence behind the curtain of luck. So sometimes if a person fails he will say " It was my bad luck". On the other hand, if some other persons get something positive they say, "Luck favored him".
Sometimes blaming or giving credit to luck for everything makes it difficult to look further, analyze the outcomes and know the improvement that is required. So it becomes a roadblock to our own progress. Whether it is success or failure we need to be very clear whether it was luck factor responsible or our own actions. Let me explain with an example below.
A person leaves home for railway station well in advance, keeping the required buffer time. He gets stuck in unexpected massive traffic jam and reaches station late to find that he missed his train. Well, it can be said that this person was unlucky. On the other hand, if a person leaves for railway station barely on the verge of time without keeping any buffer time and he misses the train then this person cannot be called unlucky. It is a problem with his planning and time management and a mistake on his part.
So sometimes it's luck that plays its part in deciding outcomes of efforts we undertake but at other times it is our own effort and hard work that is a deciding factor. Hence always blaming the luck for one's failures and not trying as well as relying too much on luck and diluting one's effort can be both dangerous.