Why luck favors the prepared


Kevin Mangelschots


  • Luck favors the prepared since they can recognize the surrounding opportunities.
  • They’re more likely to be competent enough to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • They’re able to do so since they’ve been preparing for a long time for when the right opportunity comes along.

Luck favors the prepared mind since you have to be prepared and knowledgeable before you can take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you.

Getting ready also helps you to learn to recognize when opportunities pop up.

You need to learn to recognize opportunities

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You can’t take benefit of the circumstances when you can’t even recognize the opportunities that get presented to you.

That’s why you need to train your psyche to seek out potential opportunities, and to be constantly on the lookout for beneficial chances all around you. Part of learning how to acknowledge these possibilities is knowing what to look for, which means you need to have a clear vision of what you want, and what you’re searching for.

Failing is typically required to get this clarity of mind since it allows us to refine our perspective, and to gain experience about what works and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t.

You need to become capable

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Chance favors the prepared mind since no matter how many opportunities life throws at you, it’s impossible to take advantage of when you cannot do so.

For example, even if a position of leadership were to open up at your workplace, how are you going to apply for that job when you lack experience, the proper certificates, and the overall work ethic to acquire that position?

Chances are large that you’re going to get rejected for the more capable candidates.

Now imagine the same situation, only that you would have prepared for this very moment by getting the necessary certificates, applying yourself, and gaining experience by switching jobs or leading projects at your current job. You would probably stand a good chance of being promoted to that position of authority since you’re a competent individual who’s suited for the job.

You need to prepare yourself for what’s yet to come

Luck favors the well-prepared because that means you’ve been training for those fortunate instances and can take advantage the moment it arises. We regularly delay doing things that we know we should be doing.

You need to start taking action today. And reading this article to get the appropriate information is a great way to get started since you need to know what to do, and what you’re currently not doing correctly before you can alter that behavior. We want our actions to work for us rather than against us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does “luck favors the prepared” mean?

Luck favors the prepared means that you have to be well-prepared and well-educated before you can take full advantage of the chances and opportunities that present themselves in your life.

This also conveys that luck isn’t always about blind fortune. The people who work hard get lucky more often than those who don’t since they’re more capable of reaping the rewards of these chances.

Who said luck favors the well-prepared?

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Louis Pasteur is credited with saying “Chance favors the prepared mind”, which means the same as “luck favors the well-prepared”.

What he meant with that quote is that luck is influenced by our competence, and how prepared we are to take full advantage of these opportunities. Thus, we have to put in the effort to get lucky and to take advantage of these lucky possibilities.

He was a French microbiologist and chemist who laid the foundation of vaccination. He lived from 27 December 1822 – 28 September 1895.

Why does success favor the prepared?

Success favors the prepared since just as fortune favors the prepared mind, so does success prefer the developed and well-prepared psyche.

Whatever it is we seek to thrive in, we need to recognize the surrounding opportunities and be competent enough to take advantage of these chances by preparing ourselves for these future chances.

This applies to literally everything we do in life. Rarely do we succeed just by chance. And if we do get to experience blind luck, then it’s highly unlikely that we will continue to do so in the future, since we’re probably not prepared and educated enough to hold on to that success.

Synonyms of luck favors the prepared

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Luck favors the prepared has many synonyms such as:

  • Chance favors the prepared
  • Chance favors the prepared mind
  • Luck favors the prepared mind
  • Fate favors the prepared
  • Fate favors the prepared mind
  • Fortune favors the prepared
  • Fortune favors the prepared mind
  • Fortune favors the bold
  • Success favors the prepared
  • Success favors the prepared mind

While the wording is different, the meaning remains by and large the same.

Final note

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Chance favors the prepared mind, that’s why you should waste no time learning to recognize opportunities and becoming skilled to flourish in the future.

I’m not saying that blind luck doesn’t exist, but it’s rare. Most people who get extremely fortunate by chance aren’t able to hold on to that fortune since they’re not able enough.

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