To achieve success, it is necessary to exert effort and work hard. That was what most believed in the past. But, as time fleet, belief in hard work as well as religion was slowly replaced, bit by bit, by belief in what we called luck. What both belief, in luck or in hard work and religion, have in common, is that the two of them impart hope to individuals. However, logically, it will be better to equip one with more knowledge, become more active and work hard to induce your own luck rather than relying and staying on standby to get lucky. Have you ever asked yourselves what luck really is or why some claim that they're lucky while some claim the opposite, and being unlucky?

In 1958, Heider explained that there are two stimuli that may affect and contribute to the happening of an event. The stimuli are classified from where they are from, external and internal. This means that an individual can contribute to what outcome will occur in an event or external elements may intervene and change the outcome, which in this case, can be luck. In 1986, Weiner extended this knowledge of luck and explained it further as something of external nature and uncontrollable causes which is unstable and can affect any event in one's life. It could be considered a very lucky event if you have met the love of your life in a much unexpected situation. This is also true if you have found the job you're longing for in a complete coincidental event.

But again, this is not always the case. Some people, instead of giving the credit to luck, accredit their success to their hard work and effort which heightens and increases one's self-esteem and boost their confidence. This is true for events like getting a perfect score in an exam. One student may say that it is purely luck, and there are those which will definitely say that it is because of their hard work and by studying hard for the exams. As mentioned this will give them confidence and if something happens which is of negative nature, he or she may attribute it to bad luck or maybe themselves again. This will definitely contribute to boosting confidence and self-esteem. On the other hand, there are those which purely rely on luck and attribute everything, positive or negative, as an occurrence due to luck. These kinds of people are those which will remain stagnant unless driven by luck and in due time, may become insecure for they are not credited for achievement they attain.

Also, it is said that luck depends upon the perspective of who sees it. Some people may see a car accident as being lucky as they survived, and some may see this as unlucky for their car might have been broken. Also, there are countless of experiments and events that show that those 'lucky' people have more positive attitude towards life than those 'unlucky' people which may be the reason why they can't see and act when an opportunity is at their door. If you are not open and is not confident, you won't be able to meet or talk to the woman of your dreams even if she's in front of you already. This is also true when you are looking for a job. You won't be able to get your dream job if you are not going to work for it.

This shows that the existence of luck still depends upon the individual. Seeing opportunities and engaging them are what really contributes to what we call luck, thus proving that it is a state of mind, rather than a pure coincidence.