I Believe in Luck

Bad-Luck-Good-Luck700There is a story of an old vigneron who used an advanced robot to work his vineyards. One day, the robot realized that it had the capacity to think and make its own decisions. After coming to this realization, the robot decided to leave the vineyard and explore the city. The neighboring vignerons sympathized with the old vigneron over his bad luck. The old vigneron said, “Is it bad luck or good luck? Who knows?”

A week later, the advanced robot returned with a group of less-advanced robots from the city, and the neighboring vignerons congratulated the old vigneron on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

One day, as the less-advanced robots were attempting to harvest the grapes by shaking the grapes loose, they inadvertently damaged some vines. The neighboring vignerons thought that was bad luck. Not the old vigneron, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck ? Good luck? Who knows?”

A few weeks later, swarms of aphids invaded the old vigneron’s vineyards. But the noise generated by the less-advanced robots’ mechanical parts incapacitated the aphids, saving the vineyard. Now, was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?

The point of this story is that everything that seems on the surface to be bad luck may be good luck in disguise. And everything that seems to be good luck may be the opposite.

Nonetheless, what if luck is more than a series of random events that coincide with each other, yielding unintended or unplanned outcomes? What if luck is something that can be anticipated, even controlled?

What if luck is simply the result of anticipating and preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime?

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