You accumulate karma points, which you later redeem automatically when the need arises.

I think I know how ‘Luck’ works. It has something to do with ‘Karma’.

Bhavik Sarkhedi
5 min readMar 25, 2024

Every interview I watch, every podcast I hear, every book I read, every tweet mentioning success formula eventually has one common theme: “Luck really played a great role in my journey. I am grateful.”

Now, the most common theory, or I would say the most convincing theory, is that “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

I agree. I totally agree, and honestly, I don’t “not believe” it.

But there is another factor that comes into effect alongside that.

And that is: Karma… Heard of it? You might have; you might not have.

It’s a spiritual yet practical belief followed by everyone today in this fast-moving, AI-centric, modern world.

Karma, by definition, is (or the most common definition): Karma is the universal Hindu law of cause and effect which holds a person responsible for his or her actions and effects. According to one’s good or bad actions, Bhagwan rewards or punishes.

The word “karma” means human action or deed; we are constantly performing karmas whether physically, mentally, or emotionally.

“As you sow, so shall you reap” is a well-known proverb to everyone. This proverb holds great significance in our lives, signifying that the result corresponds to the action taken.

Now, if you’re wise, or at least clever enough, you understand that success is not merely the outcome of a day’s or a month’s journey; it’s a combination of complex decision-making, intricate gut feelings, conviction, enduring patience, and, undoubtedly, hard work.

Likewise, luck operates.

Consider yourself as a character in a video game.

It grants you a few extra lives, bonuses, perks, and rewards as you progress through certain stages. The character strives to advance to the next round, continuously pushing forward — it’s relentless, just like our lives, our desires, our dreams, our ambitions.

During the game, you engage in various actions to progress, breaking rules and, at times, taking drastic measures to reach the next level, right? That’s the strategy, and that’s what everyone endeavors to do.

Now, transpose that video game character into reality, and you enter the realm of ‘Karma’. Everything remains the same. As you mature, you engage in philanthropic activities without even your parents’ knowledge, you start doing things for others, not just for you, you selflessly act.

You assist underprivileged children with their studies, regularly visit orphanages and old-age homes, love pets and takes good care of them— you live not just for yourself, nor solely for others, but you thrive on the ethos of ‘Giving and Sharing’.

You accumulate karma points, which you later redeem automatically when the need arises.

The universe, God, Jesus, Krishna, Ram, Buddha, Mahavir, the Creator — call it what you will — rewards you when the time is right. Unfortunately, that secret remains and will continue to remain exclusively with the higher powers. Shhhh… it’s a secret we’ll keep to ourselves too.

Now, let’s consider a real-life scenario: When 50 individuals compete in a dance challenge, singing competition, job interview, acting audition, or writing challenge — where no single person possesses superior talent, but luck plays a significant role — there’s a higher probability that the cumulative karma points of all 50 individuals come into play, attempting to convert themselves into ‘luck’.

The result will not solely be attributed to luck or hard work but rather a combination of both.

To emerge victorious, you must excel as a dancer, singer, actor, employee, or writer, undoubtedly.

However, when it comes to ‘luck’, that invisible yet potent factor is determined by your past deeds, how you’ve lived your life: assisting neighbors in need, selflessly supporting others financially during their times of need, and myriad other acts of kindness.

The beauty of Karma lies in its non-quantifiable nature; it’s not about whether you donate $500 or $5, but rather the purity of intent, empathy, and the goodness of your soul.

There’s no judge but the ‘universe’, yet if you become a good person who works hard, who embodies humanity selflessly, you’ll witness the results, perhaps not immediately, but eventually.

Now, luck or karma or karma points may not provide answers to certain questions.

So, before you ask, bear in mind, I have no answers to queries like “What about people who harm others? What about politicians? What about the bad individuals around us who perpetrate wrongs against us?”

The answer is, “I truly don’t know.”

Honestly, I prefer not to dwell on it. I choose to focus on the ‘Good Part’. That question may still linger, but who am I to pass judgment on whether someone is good or bad?

My goal is to work diligently, to receive a stroke of luck when necessary, and to redeem those points when required. That’s what truly matters, isn’t it?

This is certainly not a philosophical discourse; it’s a pragmatic reminder that at times, you may observe a common phenomenon in your life: “I didn’t honestly work hard for this, yet I still obtained it, whether it be a job, the love of your life, a world tour, a CEO role, or anything else.” Remember, deep down, you must be a good person who has extended help to people, pets, creatures, and beings around you.

Let’s take another example which will relate more: There are thousands and thousands of writers out there posting on Medium, LinkedIn, Substack, Twitter, trying hard to be ‘heard’ and get some good followers. There are millions of self-published books out there trying to be the best-seller on ‘Amazon’. There are lots and lots of screenwriters out there trying to be on ‘Netflix’. Too many journalists are trying to be on top and get their story in ‘The New York Times’.

Unfortunately, not everyone gets it. Not everyone makes it to the top. Now, I don’t believe in the BS ‘The best wins. The most talented wins.’ No way, no freaking way, only 100 out of 100,000 are talented, that survey, that ratio, that stats suck.

There literally must be some other to figure this out in each and every phase of our life where we figure out or try to figure out the odds. And I think, that is ‘Karma’, which we have generalized as ‘Luck’.

This post was penned after numerous conversations with people in my vicinity — family, friends, colleagues. It wasn’t seeking validation; rather, I wanted to gauge if the majority of people also ‘feel’ similarly, and from what I gathered, they did.

I’m intrigued to delve deeper into the intricacies of ‘Karma’, understanding more about its workings, implications, timing, and underlying principles.

I would love to know from people who believe in ‘Karma’ and ‘Luck’. I would love to know from people who don’t believe in ‘Karma’ and ‘Luck’. I would love to know from people what they believe ‘How Luck Works?’

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Bhavik Sarkhedi

2000+ Published Articles | Author of 8 Non Best Selling Books | Writer to 35+ Reputed Magazines | Connect with me at https://bhaviksarkhedi.com