I was watching an interview of a known Greek agnostic saying that he doesn't believe in luck and I started thinking what my thesis is on this subject, so I concluded that luck is a series of events favouring a person coincidentally, but I would like to hear your opinion on this matter.
I wasn't sure in which catergory to post it, so if it's not a philosophical topic feel free to move it where you believe it belongs.
Luck is simply preparation meeting opportunity.
Spock: “Random chance seems to have worked in our favor.”
McCoy: “In plain, non-Vulcan English, we’ve been lucky.”
Spock: “I believe I said that, Doctor.”
-- Star Trek – The Original Series: “The Doomsday Machine”
Luck is just a word, it uses when we perplexed by something.
Luck may be a series of events appearing to favor a person coincidentally, but we make our own luck. If I'm doing a project, for example, a needed item or method of doing things will often fall right in place for me. I'm aware that I first had to think upon it, even if this was done subconsciously while viewing that project in my mind. Over a period of a few days I can think this through and the end result is often next to miraculous! You have to envision it first before it becomes reality. Luck appears more random when you are not aware of its working process and that makes people feel that it has something to do with a deity. Then superstition enters in upon luck.
Some people are more lucky than others just like some people can show a greater skill at something. Luck indeed appears to be random, but perhaps its a hidden attribute of being and personality.
I'm reminded of a professional golfer who once said in an interview, "The more I practice, the luckier I get!"
In a word - No. Random chance, consequences naturally occurring as a result of actions and choices? Yes. Luck - no.
"Luck" has no place in a world without divine providence or a supernatural aspect.
There is certainly something like luck but it is merely a combination of circumstances that are beyond human control. When such circumstances bring unexpected good consequences, we call it good luck and when it brings undesirable consequences, we call it bad luck. There is absolutely no part of so called divine power in creating any kind of circumstances, good or bad. It is simply a matter of luck!
I agree with Madhukar, who described my own view better than I could.