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# What is 'luck' according to science

"Luck?'' 'What is it?' This question 's asked by several scientists! Not lay men!

Surprised?!

Some people asked me to define luck in terms of science. So I made an attempt.

True scientists don't believe in luck! They are go-getters and think only well planned hard work will yield good results. While lazy people believe in it and escapists blame 'bad' luck when they lost control over their lives and the situation they are in.

What others call luck, true scientists call chance of finding something while searching for it vigorously and whole-heartedly using all your capabilities, keen observation and knowledge and grabbing the chance when the opportunity presents itself to you.
There is maths angle to it too ...
You just flipped four heads in a row, so the next one has to be tails, right? Wrong—the odds of flipping heads or tails is still 50/50, exactly the same as it has been every other time. This is called the “gambler’s fallacy,” and, according to a study published  in PNAS, our brains may be seeking out these sorts of patterns. “A major function of the human brain is to deal with the uncertainty in the real world in order to find regularities. Our neurons detect these patterns naturally and pay special attention to their timing.
When you’re placing bets on a game like craps or roulette that is based on chance, it turns out that your betting shifts your odds. A person who wins two bets in a row has a 57 percent chance of winning the next one, but a person who has lost two bets in a row has only a 40 percent chance of winning the next. Why? According to a study published, people again fear that their bets will regress to the mean—that if they won, they are more likely to lose the next time, so they compensate for it by making safer bets each successive time.
When people who have been winning take safer bets, it means they'll probably keep winning; when people have been losing, they take riskier bets to try to win, which means they actually lose more. The actual event the gambler bets on doesn't become any more or less probable, but past outcomes affect how the bettor allocates funds the next time around.

What a person might perceive as “luck” has more to do with psychology of the person. It might have a placebo effect. Some studies show that superstitions might work, though not in the way that we think they do and have peculiar psychology to the whole process. In one, from 2010, golfers who were told that they were using a “lucky ball” performed significantly better than those who were told that theirs was “the same ball everyone else had used so far.” The test subjects also performed better when they were allowed to hold on to their “lucky charms” from home while solving an anagram problem. The researchers hypothesized that the people with their lucky charms by their side persisted at problems longer because they felt more effective, because they thought  they had the assistance of some other power. People feel empowered when they think that something else is helping them, so they actually do better at the tasks at hand!

But, science has a better way to deal with this. If you have the full knowledge about the game you are playing, the wind pattern, moisture of the atmosphere, the  dynamics  of the ball in those conditions, your correct hand movements to handle all the above, you have better chances of winning than lucky charms! ! Sport science! Aha!

That is how science tweaks the scientists' mind! So they don't trust 'lucky charms' but trust their knowledge and  the confidence science brings them.

Who are 'lucky people'?Luck doesn’t just “happen,” even for people who consider themselves lucky.  Richard Wiseman,  a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in England, has done a number of studies to figure out what distinguishes a 'lucky' person from an 'unlucky' one. In one study, he asked people who identified  as lucky and as unlucky to read a newspaper. On one half page of a newspaper, he wrote in large letters: “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.” The people who said they were lucky were more likely to see the ad, Wiseman wrote, and the “unlucky” people seemed to demonstrate more anxiety, which detracted from their powers of observation. The success of any person has to do with being open to new experiences and observing opportunities as they present themselves. Successful people maximise chance opportunities, do their educated guesswork, persist in the face of failure, employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon the failures that come their way. They have lots of grit and determination.

Each of us tries to understand and explain the reasons for our accomplishments in terms of our talents, capacities, knowledge, skill, resourcefulness, contacts and hard work.

When our efforts are not up to the mark, where our skills are not fully presented and therefore  fail to achieve the desired result, we often attribute it to 'bad luck'. When something happens according to our expectations, we sometimes attribute it to 'good luck'. But realistically there is no such thing as luck. It just is your perception of the situation you are in!

If you really want to have success you should think confidently, aspire intensely, feel enthusiastically and harmoniously about yourselves, your lives, the people you interact with and everything that happens to you. You have to have full knowledge about what you are dealing with. It also tells us that if our lives seem to be plagued by failure, it is because our own mental preoccupations, fears, doubts, anxieties, self-pity, resentments and frustrations are attracting the very opposite of what we consciously aspire for. What some people call 'Luck' and 'misfortune' are actually mirrors which life holds up reflecting what we are inside or what is happening inside.
Everything depends on us, on what we think and feel inside. Everything can come under our control, if only we become conscious. The Secret is based on a profound knowledge: The inner determines the outer.

"I don't believe in luck, but I do believe in assigning a value to things." - Noble prize winning John Nash, math professor at Princeton from the movie A Beautiful Mind

When the human mind accepts a condition or circumstance as fixed and unchanging, that condition acquires a fixed and unchanging character in the life of the individual. When the human mind ardently embraces the idea of change, it acquires the capacity to bring about the change it aspires for.

Your success actually depends on your right efforts, not good luck!
Your failure is caused by your 'not so sincere' work, not bad luck!

"Luck? What is it?" It just is your perception about the situation you are in!

We,  the people of the scientific world, know only the formula of success. Not some imaginative  story that makes you escape into a pseudo-world!

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