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Luck and Success

Do people really 'get lucky'?

By Kirsten Chen
On October 19, 2009

Luck and Success

Just last week I was sitting in front of Mckeldin Library people-watching, and within 10 minutes I saw anywhere from 15-20 people rub testudo's nose while passing by. This got me thinking about luck. You always hear people saying, "he/she's so lucky," whenever something good goes their way: but how much of it is really luck? After this crossed my mind, I watched the next few students walk by and looked more closely. Most had backpacks, a handful seemed to be walking with a purpose, and a few just strolled by nonchalantly. Luck may not carry a certain form, but it definitely follows certain logic. Logically, some people believe in luck for the glamour and drama of an unknown outcome while others believe in their own luck. Essentially, those who believe in themselves tend to have reason; they go to class, do their homework, and study.

Founder of Smart Bear Software, Jason Cohen, has his own thoughts on the matter.

"You'd think they'd be impressed with the hours I put in, with the ideas I had, with the way I handled customers, and with the stress of bootstrapping." But no, success is "lucky."

So, by all means, keep giving our Testudo a pat on the nose, but don't count on tradition to give you an A.

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