Which One is More Important? Luck or Hard Work?

Being successful is the dream of every person living in this world. Some people say that success is a matter of luck. The other say that success is a result of hard work. This article explains how luck, hard work and success are related in mathematically simple way.

Everyone in this world want to become a successful person. The motivation for becoming a successful person may vary from people to people. Some people want fame, the other want to gain a lot of money, some other want to make this world a better place. Regardless of what motivate people to success the fact is still the same. Everyone want to become a successful person.

Different people have different theory about what matter the most for people to success. Some people think that having luck is important. Some people think that success is a result of hard work. The more compromising type often end up saying that success is X percent luck and Y percent hard work. Without doing any mathematics analysis however, we will never know how much X and Y actually are.

Before doing any kind of mathematics analysis, we have to define what Luck and Hard Work actually are. To get a mathematically workable definition of both we should ask, “why people who think luck is more important think so? And why people who think hard work is more important think so?”.

People who say that luck is important usually agree with the notion that given the same amount of hard work, someone with better luck accomplish something more easily compared to someone born with less luck. Therefore we can conclude that luck is the probability to earn success for each attempt to earn it.

Since Luck is a probability, then the value of Luck for anyone should be between 0 and 1.

Now, we have to work out a mathematically workable definition of hard work to complete the model. People who work hard are usually noted by their repeating attempt to earn the kind of success they want. They do and try more things to get what they want. This means that the people hardworkness could be measured by how many times they attempt to gain success per unit time.

We often heard from the success stories of various people that they failed many times before they eventually get an opportunity that bring them success. Therefore, it is safe to assume that to become a successful person, someone only have to success in at least one of their many attempts. Thus your probability of success could be determined by the following formula:

For example lets assume that the value of your Luck is 0.3 (30%). This means that if you only take one attempt to gain your success, your probability of success is 30%. If you try again the second time, you have another 30% probability of success. Now to become a successful person you only need to success at least one, this means that your probability of success by trying twice is P(success) = ( 1 – ( 1 – 0.3 ) ^2 ) = 1 – 0.7^2 = 1 – 0.49  = 0.51 (51%). If you try three times, your probability of success is 65.7%. If you try four times, your probability of success is 76%. If you try for 15 times, your probability of success is 99.52%. It is clear that more you try, the higher your probability of success become.

The red curve in the plot result above show the probability of success for someone with half luck value and three times hardwork value compared to the one shown by the blue curve. The graph above shows that it is possible for someone with less luck to become successful faster than someone with more luck since the red curve is always above the blue curve.

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8 Responses to “Which One is More Important? Luck or Hard Work?”
  1. ceegirl Says...

    On January 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I can’t really say.


  2. Zerkil Says...

    On January 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

    People mostly depend upon luck instead of hardwork.


  3. Avaxier Says...

    On January 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Err… the math counting is a wee bit confusing to me. But I’d say what matter most is Hard Work.


  4. dennis Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 12:37 am

    well this is funny, because i have to depend on luck since i have no job no license and bad credit. no family. so basically i cant get a loan to go to school or start a business . i cant take a great paying job far awy from home because of no license. but yet i have the knowledge of running a business but no degree. if you add or multiply all these things up. I really have to depend on the luck that I will fall ass backwards into money and this is the only way I will get what I desire. Ive thought about it and there really is no way around it. I say hardwork is key but i undoubtly have to rely on luck.

    I dont get my license back for 4 more years.


  5. The forgiver Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Neither luck or hard work is important. The most important thing is to believe in yourself and respect yourself……
    -The forgiver


  6. Yr 9 Student xDD Says...

    On January 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I’m ALWAYS working extremely hard, so I guess my luck equals zero :(


  7. Tamim Abdul Rahman Says...

    On February 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I believe most in hard-work but i have seen hard-working persons working under lucky persons which brought me into confusion about which is most important?


  8. xyz Says...

    On April 26, 2012 at 5:24 am

    simplifying your calculations further can make this article a wonderfull one.


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