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The vast majority of us believe in luck.
Even those who claim they don’t are often guilty of engaging in certain superstitious behaviors: avoiding walking under a ladder, keeping new shoes off the table, not letting a black cat cross their path. These are the old wives tales that so many of us have grown up with – and we do them without thinking about it, whether we think they will affect our luck or not.
Whether there actually is some kind of metaphysical explanation behind luck, or whether it’s an entirely psychological phenomenon, it’s a universal truth – everybody likes to feel lucky.
The feeling of luck goes hand in hand with confidence. And fortunately, our confidence is something that we can improve: it’s simply a matter of focusing on what we want and working hard. Whether that improves our luck or not is the million dollar question.
But we have to remember that feeling unlucky can be a mindset; a natural response to being underprepared for the tasks that are in front of us. And that is something we can change.
Be bold and take chances and you’ll often find that situations will support your goals. Fortune favors the bold, as they say. Try to adopt a growth mindset, where challenges are always an opportunity to improve and succeed.
Whenever an opportunity arises for you to test yourself, try to imagine that it, too, is good luck.
We’ve put together a selection of the best quotes to help you better understand luck, and harness the power it brings.
Here are 28 quotes about luck to make you feel lucky!
I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.Franklin D. Roosevelt
Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.Alice Hoffman
Learn to recognize good luck when it’s waving at you, hoping to get your attention.Sally Koslow
The harder I work, the luckier I get.Samuel Goldwyn
Luck is a goddess not to be coerced and forcibly wooed by those who seek her favors. From such masterful spirits she turns away. But it happens sometimes that, if we put our hand in hers with the humble trust of a little child, she will have pity on us, and not fail us in our hour of need.P.G. Wodehouse
Luck is what we make it, not what is thrust upon us. You’ve shown initiative and it has nothing to do with luck.George Bellairs
Beware what you wish for, unless you have the grace to hope that your luck can be shared.Christopher Hitchens
Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either.Tig Notaro
My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it dependent on me to keep trying after I have failed.Mark Warner
Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.Iain Duncan Smith
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.Barbara Sher
We are all a great deal luckier that we realize, we usually get what we want – or near enough.Roald Dahl
Concentration attracts luck factor.Amit Ray
Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.Serena Williams
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.Brian Tracy
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of itThomas Jefferson
Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.Hunter S. Thompson
You don’t get lucky while sitting in the sofa with arms crossed doing nothing. You can be lucky only when you are prepared.Nesta Jojoe Erskine
Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality.Eliyahu Goldratt
People say they don’t believe in luck: luck is the reason the dinosaurs got wiped out and why human beings became the new dominant species on this planet.Stewart Stafford
You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.Cormac McCarthy
I’ve found that what most people call luck is often little more than raw talent combined with the ability to make the most of opportunities.Timothy Zahn
Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.Buddha
The universe works in crazy ways. Your good luck will come in waves, and so does your bad, so you have to take the good with the bad and press forward.Nick Cummins
Diligence is the mother of good luck.Benjamin Franklin