Have you ever heard of being in the right place at the right time? Have you ever wondered why some people get their lucky break and why you don’t? I believe that luck does not just happen and that you must work hard at what you want to achieve. You must make the time and put in the effort to succeed.
If you are lucky enough to meet the right person that notices your hard work and dedication they may just provide you the opportunity to help you reach the next level. We learn this word “opportunity” early on even from the very first moments of our existence.
We depend on our parents to teach us to walk. Our parents will not just us to walk through. We have to put in the effort. We have to fall, many times before we can succeed. As luck would have it, our parents are there to help pick us up, stable us and encourage us to continue to try. They give us the opportunity to become better at what we do.
Once we are successful they reward us with praise and love and give us the opportunity to learn the next thing, like potty training, feeding ourselves, and learning to ride a bike. As we go through life, we take these same learned behaviors and put them to use in our professional and personal lives. We learn that luck does not just happen. We have to make it happen. We have to work hard to achieve our goals in life.
If we put in the effort then people take notice of our accomplishments and reward us with compliments, whether it be verbal, buying our products and services, or even investing in you to help continue the growth you have already demonstrated. Bottom line is that you have to prepare yourself, demonstrate your capabilities and when luck does stop by you will be prepared to shine.
Some people believe luck exists and there’s nothing you can do to change your failure or success. Yet there are others that believe the actions you partake in to reach many opportunities will determine success or failure. Personally I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey that says “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” My reasons for agreeing are because the actions you take will always determine your outcome and preparation is a great factor when faced with any and all opportunities.
First, I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey which states “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” because the actions you take will always determine your outcome. I believe this because when you want to get somewhere you are not just sitting there waiting on to come to you about it. I feel that by going out and being in control and being a go-getter will always determine your outcome. For example, I wanted my family to have a better lifestyle than what I experienced, so I decided to obtain a college degree.
While making this decision I couldn’t just lie around and expect to get accepted just from doing research. I had to apply myself during high school, being that I had to make good grades. In addition, I had to go out and fill out applications to various universities and constantly make phone calls to ensure I took the right actions to get to where I wanted to be.
Second, I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey which states “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” because preparation is a great factor when faced with any and all opportunities. When I am faced with opportunities I am always thinking of ways I can help myself prepare for said opportunity. For instance, I have observed how some of my friends will ask me to help give them a mock interview. Giving my friends a mock interview helped them to see their errors.
Example #3 – Oprah Winfrey, Luck Or Opportunity
Assignment: Carefully read the following quote from Oprah Winfrey: “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” What do you think the speaker was trying to say about the notions of luck and opportunity? Do you agree or disagree with the speaker? In a well-developed essay, discuss what you think this quote means and whether you agree with it or not. Use specific examples from your studies, personal experience, and/or observations to support your interpretation.
Oprah Winfrey once said, “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity”. This can be interpreted as meaning that luck is more than just random chance, or being at the right place at the right time, but that it involves being ready and taking active steps to get to that right place at that right time. Many people make statements such as “I am lucky to be alive”, “I am so lucky I won”, and “I’m just not lucky” and truly believe that luck is something that is beyond their influence or control.
They do not think that any amount of preparation would improve their luck since it is just a random event. Some believe that it is a supernatural force similar to a deity that does as it pleases with no method or reason behind its actions and that we are subject to its whim and desires. I disagree with those schools of thought and find my personal opinion in agreement with Ms. Winfrey’s statement.
Merriam-Webster defines luck in many different ways, but two definitions caught my attention were: “the things that happen to a person because of chance” and “success in doing or getting something”. When people hear the word luck, they often think of the former definition. Good examples of this definition in action would be a person playing poker and a person betting on a horse race. In both scenarios, though the players and gamblers do have the opportunity to achieve victory, it is completely determined by factors that are beyond their control.
The poker player may have a very good hand of cards and the gambler may have bet on the favorite horse that has won numerous races in the past, but this is not enough to guarantee that they will win as another player might have a better hand or bluff them out of the game and the famed prize-winning horse may suffer an unexpected injury during the race.
I do not believe that this common definition of luck is the one that Ms. Winfrey had in mind when she made her statement. If the word luck was replaced with that definition in her statement, it would not make much logical sense: the things that happen to a person because of chance [are] a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Chance, by definition, means “the way that events happen when they are not planned or controlled by people”. If the chance is not planned or controlled, then it cannot be something influenced by preparation.
In my opinion, Ms. Winfrey was referring to the second definition “success in doing or getting something”. When we substitute the word luck with this definition, the statement is logically valid: success in doing or getting something is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. I believe this is a true statement. Although there is a certain degree of chance still involved (hence the idea of “meeting opportunity”), taking a proactive role is key and has a positive effect on your chances of achieving success. A good example to illustrate this point is a person seeking a job. If they sit at home and do nothing, then their lack of success is almost guaranteed: since they are neither prepared nor seeking an opportunity, none will come.
However, if they take the time to create a detailed resume and cover letter, post their resume online, apply to jobs that fit their level of experience and research the companies they are applying to, practice interview questions, dress appropriately for their interview, and speak confidently and clearly at the interview, they will make themselves a good candidate to a hiring manager. Although their success is not completely guaranteed, they will increase their opportunity, which Merriam-Webster defines as “a good chance for advancement or progress”.
In conclusion, if we want to better understand the meaning of a statement, we need to analyze the person who made it. Oprah Winfrey is an African American woman who grew up in extreme poverty and hardship, experienced many cases of abuse and setbacks, yet still overcame those circumstances to become one of the wealthiest and influential people in the world. Many people say that she is lucky: lucky to be alive, lucky to have overcome, lucky to be rich and famous. Without knowing much else about her, they would assume that her “luck” was due to random chance, but she is very vocal in expressing her opinions on hard work and achieving success.
I would like to close with another statement that she made which coincides with and demonstrates her position on personal responsibility and action: “What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.” (O Magazine, January 2007).
Luck has always been a word that can stir up a debate on whether or not it exists. Some people believe luck exists and there’s nothing you can do to change your failure or success. Yet there are others that believe the actions you partake in to reach many opportunities will determine success or failure. Personally I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey that says “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
My reasons for agreeing are because the actions you take will always determine your outcome and preparation is a great factor when faced with any and all opportunities.
First, I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey which states “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” because the actions you take will always determine your outcome.
I believe this because when you want to get somewhere you are not just sitting there waiting on to come to you about it. I feel that by going out and being in control and being a go-getter will always determine your outcome.
For example, I wanted my family to have a better lifestyle than what I experienced, so I decided to obtain a college degree. While making this decision I couldn’t just lie around and expect to get accepted just from doing research. I had to apply myself during high school, being that I had to make good grades. In addition, I had to go out and fill out applications to various universities and constantly make phone calls to ensure I took the right actions to get to where I wanted to be.
Second, I agree with the following notion by Oprah Winfrey which states “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” because preparation is a great factor when faced with any and all opportunities. When I am faced with opportunities I am always thinking of ways I can help myself prepare for said opportunity.
For instance, I have observed how some of my friends will ask me to help give them a mock interview. Giving my friends a mock interview helped them to see their errors and mistakes so that they could later correct them for the real interview.
I feel that them preparing for their interview allowed them to better themselves for what was to come and it also helped them go in with confidence knowing that they were well prepared. In summary, I agree that luck doesn’t exist but I do believe the actions you take will always determine your outcome, and preparation is a great factor when faced with any and all opportunities. I feel the more you are prepared will determine your successful outcomes, rather than putting all the blame or faith in luck.
Oprah Winfrey once stated in an interview “luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity”. With that said, I do believe it is true. There are some instances that in the past if the opportunity and the preparation didn’t happen then the luck never would have happened. There are examples I would like to mention to show that if it wasn’t for the opportunity then the luck never would have.
Christopher Columbus was credited with discovering the new world.
If not for the Queen of Portugal financing the adventure and given him three ships, then he never would have discovered the West Indies because his own country did not believe in him. Christopher Columbus was prepared to take on the expedition but the Queen of Portugal with her kindness gave him the opportunity.
Luck brings fame and acknowledgment from it. People struggle every day trying to find success. Justin Bieber as a kid growing up in a rural Canada taught himself to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet .
At a young age, he was preparing for a life as a musician. His mother posted videos of him doing cover songs on YouTube for family and friends to see and was discovered by an American music scout named Scooter Braun who took young Justin to Atlanta Georgia to meet with music entertainer Usher Raymond and sign a contract with Island Records.
In my life, I was given an opportunity by preparing myself when I was 27 years old. I was enrolled at RCCC taking Electrical Installation and Maintenance. Upon graduation, I worked maintenance for Flowers Bakery in Salisbury for three years. When it closed due to market fluctuation I was going to the Employment Security Commission job hunting. Three weeks after I put in applications, a lady gave me an application to fill out that I never seen posted before.
The application was for Hersey Meters within two days a lady from there human resources department was calling me in for an interview the same day. I was hired in as an assembler of commercial water meters. With the preparation form the experience of maintenance and schooling with the opportunity to apply with a job I never saw on the job locator at the employment Security Commission.
In conclusion, I have decided and shown that through preparation and opportunity luck can present itself. Just like Justin Bieber if it was for his mother posting his videos on YouTube he never would have met Scooter Braun or Christopher Columbus after looking for financing his luck changed when the Queen of Portugal with her generosity gave him the opportunity and with myself that going to RCCC and preparing myself for a maintenance career gave me the opportunity to apply for a job that I never saw while I was looking for employment at the time.
I agree with the speaker. I consider luck to be the result of my own decisions and actions. The only forces at work are the decisions and actions taken by me or others around me. A lot of people make important decisions or attend important events according to lucky stars or lucky hour. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they have lucky shoes, lucky charms, lucky suits and even lucky hairstyles. So, apparently these things have brought positive results to be considered as lucky. But how does a lucky suit magically please your prospective job interviewer? Here is a possibility.
A well-fitting suit that makes you feel good about yourself boosts your confidence level. Which in turn helps you answer the interview questions confidently. That is one of the qualities most recruitment officers look for in an interviewee. A neat hairstyle again boosts your confidence and makes you look presentable and professional, which increases your chances at a positive interview result.
People tend to use the objects around them to share in on the successes in their lives, instead of giving themselves credit. So what really is at work here? Does the mind play tricks on us? Does it hide a few pieces of the puzzle so we ultimately chose something else to take the blame? My mom is very superstitious about almost everything. Most of all, she believes in good and bad luck.
But here is the thing, she seems to have good luck or bad luck only when events occur and she is convinced there are forces beyond reach that are at work. Like the time, she found her long lost scarf in the car. She was convinced my husband’s car was her good luck charm. The same day, she hit her toe on the sidewalk, and apparently, the scarf had unleashed the “bad” forces at work and now the scarf was her bad luck charm.
What she failed to realize was that we had just cleaned the car and my husband put her scarf in the back seat. She saw it before we could give it to her. As for bad luck, she forgot to wear her prescription glasses, which is why she could not comprehend the distance from the car to the sidewalk. It was inevitably the actions of her and others around her that led to both events. An apple does not far too far from its tree. That’s true in my case as well.
Not too long ago, I too believed in luck. When I got away with not doing homework at school, I thought it was lucky. When I got away with not being chosen for chores, I thought I was lucky. And the one I remember very well is when I almost fell off a hill while riding a bicycle, but was saved by a rock blocking my tumble down. I thought I was the luckiest girl alive. I started believing in a lucky bicycle, lucky school bench, and even a lucky color. What crushed my belief was when my pet dog died several years ago.
I was wearing my lucky color and was riding my lucky bike. My lucky shirt could not stop the car from hitting my dog, neither could my lucky bike go magically faster than a car. Later in my life when I revisited my thoughts and beliefs in the past, it hit me. Every event that took place was because I made a decision to be on a rocky hill in the dark that led to my fall, I failed my test because I did not do my homework, my dog died because the car driver did not follow road rules.
Luck makes people feel better that there is someone or something else watching over them. Whether good or bad. Oprah hits the mark with this quotation, every action and decision leads to a resulting event. Now whether that event is in our favor or not, that is entirely up to the actions of us and the ones around us.
Example #7 – Interesting Ideas
I agree. He was saying that there is no such thing as luck. When you find yourself in the right place at the right time, it’s because you took actions that put you in that place.
If you lay around on the couch all day, luck will not come knocking at your door. Even lottery winners had to get up and go buy a lottery ticket. I’ve had some great opportunities come my way, but it was because I was out looking for opportunity and I had prepared my mind to be open to them.
Knowledge is a “preparation” to/for anything. Luck demands knowledge because…
They fit into each other like the “spoon in the soup”. Luck in itself is kind of rare; whilst luck together with the knowledge of how to develop the two is the answer. Otherwise – luck may just pass without being noticed.
What Oprah means here is that there’s no such thing as “luck” in the traditional sense. Basically, opportunities abound all around us all the time every day! There’s more opportunity “out there” than you can possibly imagine. The thing is though, you have to be PREPARED to capitalize on that opportunity. When you’re prepared to take advantage of the numerous opportunities we’re presented with every day, the result is what APPEARS to be “luck”.
It means that it’s less about luck (which is random and out of our control) than it is being prepared to take action or follow through when you see an opportunity. It’s means to work hard and finding our own opportunities.
Things can happen without preparation, but nothing ever reaches its potential without preparation. Preparation unlocks potential, and we should be ready to make our own opportunities rather than waiting around for “luck” to find us.
For me it means timing. It’s wonderful to prepare yourself for success, but if you never get the opportunity you’ll never be successful. But if you are prepared and the opportunity does come, you’ll be able to take advantage of it.