My comment below about luck being “fortuitous circumstances” in my last post stirred up some discussion:

As a scientist I ascribe fortuitous circumstances to the term luck, but that’s far less succinct and fun to say.

Most comments suggested that luck comes down to what you make of a situation.

I think, subtly, such reasoning is an excuse to guilt trip people. It’s akin to dismissing people with bad luck as being lazy, or unmotivated. Throw superficially “good fortune” or situations at people, and they may still not be able to, for entirely their own reasons.