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“When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has
nothing to do with success.” Do you agree or disagree with the quotation above? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
“Hardwork is the key to success “ is a proverb all of us are too familiar with. But is it that hardwork is the only thing that spells success ? I’m sure that looking at it from the theoretical point of view we would all agree, however, our practical experiences lead us to different conclusions.
For every task we undertake, lady luck also plays an important part. For example, no matter how hard one has worked for a particular exam, it is ultimately the type of questions that come which really makes someone the topper. This game of chances and odds has reached such a level in my country that people consult astrological charts to even apply for a job !
Working hard is a virtue, but, for the fruits of one’s efforts to be given their due recognition, we have to depend on chance. For instance, if two scientists have discovered a certain comet at the same time, then, the comet will be named after the scientist who reports the sighting first.
For certain professionals like stock brokers, businessmen, gamblers, etc luck has far more important role in their success stories. Stock brokers, especially, have to be able to correctly guess the market trends. For a gambler, his profession is entirely based on luck. If he gets the lucky draw one particular day, he becomes an instant millionaire.
A study report published in a well known magazine mentioned that most successful people considered themselves to be lucky. What the study concluded was that it was their attitude which was always grabbing opportunities at the right time made them feel that way and that anyone who adopted this policy could ‘become’ lucky.
Thus to conclude, I strongly believe that for any successful project there’s always 99% hardwork involved but at the same time the leftover 1% can be attributed to luck.
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