Is luck a coincidence?


In one of my previous posts, I have talked about the role of luck in Entrepreneurship. This is one of questions that I ask to entrepreneurs. Zeki Çalışır, is a successful and experienced businessman whose ideas I respect. When I asked him the role of luck in entrepreneur’s life, he said “if luck is not with you, it does not matter how hard you push”.

Last day, we were having dinner with Gülay and Ekim. They are both entrepreneurs. Gülay is skeptic to the idea of “luck”, but Ekim and I believe in the role of luck. Ekim told that he is connecting the dots in his life (just like Steve Jobs did) and told us how he had been involved in publishing business and his innovative product called Botego which uses natural language processing. Gülay thinks that people create their luck.

After the dinner, I asked the question: “is luck a coincidence?”. Do you create your good luck or is it just a coincidence? I think both is relevant. What do you think?

About ozgurzan

Professional: 1999- Co-founder and Managing Director of Done Information & Comm. Systems http://www.donetr.com http://www.donelabs.com Academic: 2008 Ph.D. Organization and Management - Yeditepe University 2002 MBA - Yeditepe University 1994 Computer Engineering - Bogazici University
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4 Responses to Is luck a coincidence?

  1. Aykut says:

    Short and good post. 🙂 Hence short comment.:-)
    Luck favors the prepared mind. 🙂

  2. ozgurzan says:

    Last night, just after I have written this post, I have watched Ünal Aysal, who have recently become the president of Galatasaray Sports Club. He disclosed the “formula of success” as:
    – 35% knowledge
    – 35% experience
    – 30% luck
    I totaly agree. He is a very successful and experience entrepreneur. But I still wonder the answer to the question “is luck a coincidence?”. Mr. Icoz asserts that “luck favors the prepared mind”. I think it is true.

  3. Kemal Taskin says:

    Hard work is necessary but not sufficient for guaranteed success. But the harder I work the luckier I get.

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