Do you believe in luck or chance?

In the context of entrepreneurship and as a tech founder, I don’t believe in luck per say. I believe in grace. I am convinced that we all construct our own events in life through our thoughts, mental projections, dedication, hard work, humility, and attitude towards life. Whether you are feeling lucky or not read on and share.

What do experts say about luck and chance?

The Oxford University Press defines luck as:

“Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions”

Andchance as:

“The occurrence of events in the absence of any obvious intention or cause

No such thing as luck or chance — only grace!

For me the key words in the definition of luck and chance are ‘absence of obvious intention’. It implies some random events with no personal contribution or cause. I believe otherwise.

I meet amazing people daily on LinkedIn, in fund-raising and speaking events, onsite with clients, etc. I believe in grace. No such thing as lucky events. Grace is fundamentally different from luck because it is a matter of belief not a fact. Grace, in my opinion, is one way of nature to give you a nudge following your own efforts, willingly or unwillingly, or by a pure divine push that comes in a form of an exceptional gift.

Call is lucky if don’t believe in the power of the mind.

I don’t believe that luck is the “occurrence of events in the absence of any obvious intention or cause”as defined in theOxford University Press. The personal intention is always there. It comes from one’s own desires, positive thinking, mental vibrations, and subconscious transactions. It is those activities that create the intention or cause. Moreover, what appears to be a non obvious intention is clearly so if one can step back with an inquiring mind genuinely trying to understand how events unfold without judging or jumping ahead.

It’s hard to prove, where, how, and when the obvious intention or cause that leads to what appears to be random lucky events comes from. But from my own experiences, I attribute it to one’s own mind and the amazing ability of the brain to work at subtle and unconscious level to make our dreams come true through lots of events, some good, some bad.

You control your own destiny — always!

I believe that all things always happen to me for obvious reasons. But my ignorance often won’t allow me to know or see clearly what that reason is. Whatever the type of event, good or bad, it always happens for a GOOD reason. The good is important and a reminder that it is all about our own mindset that counts. What appears to be a BAD event for one person, may be seen as a fantastic opportunity for someone else.

The cause of what most people call ‘lucky’ events, somehow, always comes from our own making. This is a matter of belief though — not a fact. If you believe that the events that happen to you are through your own making, then your mind will be consciously or subconsciously work in the background to create plenty of such events. For the untrained eye, you may be the luckiest person on earth. Through our own thoughts, acts, and deeds, we shape the events that happen to us so that we may fulfil our mission and goals. Whatever that mission may be!


I believe in good grace. I also believe that we all construct and shape the events that happen to us. Some call it luck. I call it divine grace. For it comes from our own mind and the amazing ability of the brain to work at subtle and unconscious levels to make our dreams come true.

What do you think? Share your thoughts. As they say in French: “Que Sera, Sera”

About The Author

Marco Essomba is a network & security expert with more than a decade of experience in the field. Marco is CTO & CEO at AMPS-Global, a world class consulting firm that enables organisations in banking, healthcare, retail, finance, insurance, and technology to design, implement, and maintain their digital infrastructure, for the most secure and optimised delivery of Enterprise Apps. Click here for projects and case studies.

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