Does success depend on hard work or luck?

Acharya Prashant
6 min readMar 2, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Acharya Prashant (AP): Rajiv, is asking about hard work and luck.

Hard luck, Rajiv, that none of that will suffice.

Luck indicates the randomness of life. Luck indicates that you have no control over where you are born, which country, which place, what type of economic background, which gender. All of these are random occurrences in your life. None of us decided to be born, correct? It’s a matter of chance, randomness, that is what is called luck, chance, randomness. None of us decided that we will have five fingers. This again is happening out of some external force.

The everyday event that affects you, they do not happen out of your willingness. Just now there is this noise coming from outside. That fellow has not taken your permission to create that noise. Correct? All this is chance, luck. All the events that keep happening without your choice, without your will, but they affect you. Whatsoever affects you but happens without your choice, or without your will is luck. You cannot do anything about it.

But, please remember, that fellow can create noise, luck can do a lot of things to you. But that fellow has no power over your mind. He can create noise but whether you will get disturbed or not, that depends upon your free will, if you can exercise it.

There will be two kinds of people here. There is a noise coming from outside, type one, will say, “What can we do, it’s our bad luck that somebody is creating noise and because somebody is creating noise we got disturbed.” This will be type one. These are the people who are luck-dependent. “And what can we do, it’s our bad luck, there was so much noise that we got disturbed.”

Then there is a type two, and what will type two say? “Alright, there is a noise coming from outside but, I decided that I will keep listening. Noise is there on the outside but this mind is my own. I am the master of my mind.” Now, these people will not be affected by this noise. Putting is generally, they have become independent of luck. Now, luck can have no role in their life.

The type one category is the people who will always have luck as an important determinant in…

Acharya Prashant