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Part II: Why People Don’t Plan > The Element of Chance

Chapter 10. The Element of Chance

Chance is the impersonal, purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings. It’s pure chance when a coconut falls out of a palm tree and lands unnoticed in the sand. But if the coconut were to land on your head, you’d consider that bad luck, and you’d be right.

Good luck is simply chance that benefits human beings. You can’t influence chance, but you can control the way you respond to it. If no one was around to see or hear the coconut fall, it would merely be a chance occurrence. But if you saw the coconut fall and jumped out of the way to avoid it, you could say you were lucky, and you’d be right again.


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