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“When I see someone off, I do not use the “L” word: luck. I don’t even use the word in exams. My students will never hear me wish them ‘good luck.’ That is what is wrong with our world. Too many people have decided that at the end of the day it really is just about luck. It is the great excuse to avoid applying effort to an endeavor. I wish my students something different, as I wish you. I wish you success.” — Larry Smith
I think Professor Smith’s point here is simply that luck is beyond one’s control. Relying on luck is like relying on winning the lottery to make your dreams come true.
If you rely solely on luck in whatever you attempt, the chances are good that you will fail — or certainly will yield unpredictable results. If you rely on things that are within your control — your knowledge, your skills, your preparation, and your creation of opportunities — you are much more likely to succeed.
There is a saying, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
That said, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with wishing someone “good luck” (after all, it’s a common expression), but when you break it down, it isn’t particularly empowering.
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