My view on feeling lucky in the face of a gambling enemy – “Are you feeling lucky?” That’s the headline of Op-Ed’s work by Meghan Daum, a highly respected columnist for the LA Times. It was published back in May 2016 – about two years ago. At that point, I decided to set it aside for reference in the appropriate poker column that I thought I would write down someday. That day has come.
People have different perspectives when it comes to success and prosperity. There are some people who consider their success to be old luck: “We are very lucky.” Remember the old adage about “being in the right place at the right time.”
Others will deny their luck, attributing their success solely to their grit and brute strength. When Barack Obama was our president, he was quoted: “Pet annoyed me: people who have been successful and don’t realize they are lucky.”
With that in mind as a leader, I’d like to offer my own point of view – especially since it applies to the game of poker. (See if you agree.) When playing poker, I view “luck” as a partner to “coincidence.” And opportunity is the possibility of occurrence. If what’s happening is to your advantage, then it’s luck; you are successful. Otherwise, it’s bad luck; Unfortunately, you failed.
Everyone – young or old, amateur, recreational player or poker pro, no matter how experienced – considers luck to be a key factor when playing poker (as it does in our daily lives). How can you deal with luck? Is there you can find luck on your part? Can you enjoy more than just the fair share?
Nobody can control luck; it’s just a matter of coincidence. You can wish, even pray for good luck; but that won’t help. However, it is possible to influence luck to help you succeed. It requires real skills.