Earned Luck – You get what you work hard for.
Unearned Luck – Unexpected events that work in your favor.
Hybrid Luck – Chance events whereby all your preparation allows you to see and seize the opportunity.
Luck is more than a combination of skill capitalizing on opportunity. Luck is also a mindset and a bit of karma.
As author Anthony Tjan puts it,
The Lucky are humble. They are intellectually curious. They are optimistic.
You were lucky to be born, especially in the United States which surrounds any opportunist willing to learn and achieve with the right tools: free schooling, free libraries, and free speech.
If you don’t inherit a rich network that just means you’ll have to work harder to build those relationships, to show people what you got. Persistence is another centerpiece of luck.
Luck is also biology. Happiness is determined by 50% genetics. If you’re not naturally happy then you’ve got 40% of volition to make it so.
Luck is what you think and make of it and what you ultimately do with it.