Hard Work + Opportunity = LUCK: 

It's a simple formula, but it works. And in order to better understand luck, we must explore the world of psychology, and branch a little into the world of the paranormal. Stick with me, I'll explain.

Most folks that think of luck think it strikes randomly. But the truth is—luck doesn't discriminate. It arrives when called. If not, then why do high rollers have lady luck blow on the dice before rolling? And why do we focus so much on such superstitions?

Superstition is a way of applying thought to action to create synchronistic events. The key is to avoid injecting fear into the thought or feeling as that can have the opposite effect

Psychologist Carl Jung talks about this in his writings, through a phenomenon he called "synchronicity". He goes on to explain that there are no casual coincidences in life, and that every experience is indelibly linked. Once the mind is attuned; open to the idea, links between events are noticed, and then more seem to appear, like a string of fireworks going off in sequence. One situation leads to another: that's synchronicity.

Taking action in life is like placing a droplet in a body of water that has a ripple effect.

Jung illustrates that such events begin their process of coming to life the moment we think about them. In other words, our thoughts create our reality.

This concept was considered parapsychology until recently, as developments in quantum entanglement revealed that human thought had an affect on matter, changing it from waveform (non-material) to material, based on whether we were paying attention to a specific occurrence in the real world.

This get can complicated, so try to imagine that every interaction you have; every opportunity to take action is a crossroads. You can choose to stay comfortable, and do more of the same—or you can choose to break orbit, and do something entirely new and different—and this option unlocks synchronistic events. Always.

Why always? Because our thoughts create our reality. Think healthy, stay healthy. Think wealthy, stay wealthy.

Pushing yourself to work harder leads to more synchronistic events, that can also be perceived as "luck".

But let's say that you weren't paying attention to sequences of events, or simply didn't believe in any of this mumbo-jumbo. In this case, you would call a synchronistic event "luck" or a "fortunate turn of events". What you are not taking into consideration is that by choosing to call a colleague when you were absolutely exhausted led to a zoom meeting where you met someone who enjoys your concepts of offering an online class, which led to the production of said class, and suddenly, as luck would have it, you generated a community as an online educator.

This is a sequence of events. Synchronicity, luck, whatever you want to call it—hard work pays off.