Luck vs Hard Work

“When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.”

We’ve all been through or are still going through the phase where people criticize or tell us that we’re lucky or fortunate to have gotten this opportunity or success, that luck was shining on us, but they didn’t see or appreciate the hard work we’ve put in to achieve that success or opportunity.

Let us travel back in time about 11 years.

When India won the World Cup after 28 years in 2011, everyone was overjoyed, celebrating the success and relishing the victory, but that victory gave me the desire to play professional cricket and to represent my country, as every cricketer dreams too.

After a few days, I joined the school academy and began working on my dreams. I participated in tournaments but was unable to make it into playing 11. I used to sit on the bench for my team and cheer for them. I used to practice a lot, and after 6-7 months of waiting, I finally got to play my first match. I went out on the field for my first professional match and did well. Then I joined the school team and participated in various tournaments with them. I represented my team in the School District and was selected for the Jaipur District Team, which was the turning point in my decision to not stop now.

I went to the Rajasthan Under-16 state trials, but I was turned down because I was one month older than the age limit. I was broken at the time. I came home, locked myself in a room, and gave myself some time alone to recover.

The next day, I went to my coach and informed him that I would no longer be able to play. He stood by me and encouraged me not to give up. I worked hard and began practicing more and more in order to succeed, but the stars were against me. 

In 2018, I started college and was given the trials for the college cricket team and made into it. I went on tours to different institutions (IIM Indore, IIM Kashipur, IIT Kanpur, Bits Pilani), etc.

In 2019, I went to the U-19 trials and got only 5 balls to bowl, so I didn’t make it into the challenger’s team. But this time, I braced myself to make it happen in any case next year. I began to practice more fervently; I used to go to college practice in the early morning and the academy in the evening.

The BENGAL RANJI TEAM came to Jaipur for their camp in September 2019, and they hosted a Net Bowler trail for their team. I went to the trials, gave my best effort, and was chosen to join the team as a net bowler for their camp.

All of my previous failures flashed through my mind, and I was rendered speechless. When I told my friends, they said I was lucky to get this, but no one appreciated my hard work except my academy coach. I joined the camp where I met VVS Laxman Sir, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, and other players too. The camp taught me a lot of things and I had the best time at that camp.

Covid-19 went on strike in 2020-21, causing everything to shut down and trials to be canceled. I felt numb.

I’ve decided to play this for fun now, as I have no future in it. It is now my Unfulfilled Dream. As a result, the cricketer became an MBA candidate.

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to keep doing the things you enjoy or aspire to do. Continue to hustle; don’t let failures deter you; instead, let them motivate you to succeed the next time. Continue doing what you’re doing because you never know what opportunities await you behind the next door.

SHLOK ARORA

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3 thoughts on “Luck vs Hard Work

  1. The information provided in the blog was very much useful …i was really able to relate with the topic “luck vs hard work”
    as luck has always played an important role in my life as well as the hard work …Both luck and hard work are one thing as without luck you cannot do anything and so without hard work ….
    Mr shlok gave it a unique way to explain and also he gave the real meaning….it is really amazing seeing him writing a great blog …i also liked that after even many failures he didn’t gave up and again rose up himself again and again ..the level of dedication showed by him is great …
    The way of writing is excellent and i liked it very much … waiting for more blogs ✌️

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  2. So whenever I myself see someone being successful in life the first thing that comes to my mind is “Are the most successful people mostly just the luckiest people in our society? “
    This myth of mine was dissolved when I myself got the success and my friends and family told me that it was my luck that gave me that success. I felt so irritated that nobody is appreciating me for the hard work that I have done for it.

    When i read this blog, I found it totally relatable.
    The quote that came to my mind after reading it was “ I am a great believer in luck, and I find that harder I work the more I have of it.”

    Some might say that luck is a driving force for success, while some may believe in working hard enough for success that will even lead to luck to bow down before them and the rest believes that the presence of both contributes in a guaranteed success. But what is there in our hands? Merely the hard work.

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  3. For me, luck just doesn’t exist. Hard effort, but also clever work, is how I think people make their own good fortune. Despite their best efforts, many people never catch a break in life. In order to be “fortunate,” you must employ both strategy and effort. Unfortunately, many people put in long hours at work without being guaranteed any sort of reward for their efforts. Furthermore, you will be waiting for quite some time if you rely on hope and anticipation alone. You have to put in the effort and effort to make things happen.

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