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Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Find an empowering alternative to the expression "Good luck" (read all 2 entries…)
I don't really believe in luck any more... the kneejerk phrase “Good luck” feels phony and disempowering to me. It suggests that we’re at the mercy of unseen forces of destiny, with less power over our own lives than I would like people to feel they have… because they have.

I would love to find an alternative phrase to say instead, but preferably one that’s not wanky.

Headapollo suggests “Forge your destiny in the crucible of choice”. Wanky.


"Good luck" feels phony to me too.

I still use it sometimes, usually when the outcome of the situation isn’t in the person’s control, but if it is, I’ll say “Go for it!” instead.

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

I suppose sometimes it's relevant.

I should learn to discern in the instant between those situations when it suits and those when something more responsible would be better. I like “Go for it” but I’m sure it trips off your Irish tongue a lot better than it would off mine (I’ll have to ask Simon, heheh). Ideally I’d like something which could directly replace it in phrases: “? ?? at your job interview.” The French have “Bon succès” which I’ve always liked, but it doesn’t translate very well.

Tink will be returning in baby steps.

How about this?

“Hope your job interview goes well.”

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

That works... kind of...

..but it’s not very motivating. I’d say something like “Kick ass at your job interview” but I’m just too darned British.

Tink will be returning in baby steps.

"Kick butt"?

“Break a leg”? (An interview is, after all, a kind of performance, and that’s the traditional substitute for “Good luck” in theatre circles.

“Go get ‘em, Tiger”?

headapollo mostly comes out at night, mostly


Good luck in your search.

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

I wasn't actually going to search for a phrase.

I was just gonna leave it up to fate.

But... but...

if things can be left up to fate, what’s wrong with “good luck”?!

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.


..nothing! Hey, my goal is complete!

calypte excited about 2014!

is wanky

better or worse than phony?

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Better, I think.

Wanky is easier to pull off.

::durrum tish!::

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Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

“Even though I believe wholly that your fate is in your own hands and that there is no such thing as luck, I hope that the external influences over which you have no power collude with your own excellent talents and efforts and combine to facilitate a successful outcome for you.”


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Adar What?

I've always appreciated it...

when someone has wished me luck, even in the cases when luck was not much of a factor.

“I hope it goes well for you.”

“May you get what you want out of this…”

or just “I’ll be thinking of you.”

With people who are comfortable with God talk, there’s also:

“Godspeed” and “God bless” but I’m very careful not to use those if they are just going to muddy the water.

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Good ideas, Adar.

Of course, it is nice to have someone wish you luck, but sometimes I feel people use “luck” in a kneejerk way when they really mean something else. I like “I hope it goes well for you”, or “I hope you do well”.

I think I’m going to wind up with a bunch of these.

calypte excited about 2014!

point of view

These people seem to think luck is something you chose/create for yourself anyway, so maybe it’s not such a bad wish? “Good luck – in which luck is a positive frame of mind you have created for yourself through preparation, postitive mental attitude, and being open to opportunities”. Of course, you might want to shorten that ;)

You can wish me luck, or any/all of the above alternatives on Wednesday, btw :)

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

Ah, isn't the book by the people who wrote the book you've just started?

Serendipitous! Or is that luck?

Gosh, yes, Wednesday! Wheeee! That’s given me a deadline ;-)

calypte excited about 2014!


The luck quiz was on the same page as the happiness one I was doing – coincidence, merely ;)

Hmm, “I wish you serendipity” isn’t bad, y’know…

Absnasm Thanks 43T. You made me and my life better. I'll miss you very much.

It’s quite sweet, isn’t it? If a bit laboured. Mind, anything is going to sound laboured in contract with the automatic “Good luck”.

calypte excited about 2014!

on the other hand

I’m willing to take ‘good luck’ as “hope you don’t have the misfortune to spill coffee down your white blouse, pre-interview”, type of luck, too!

Silvie Hiding the FB button behind another button does not really work :((

I can't remeber who said it - maybe a golfer?

“It’s strange, the more I practise, the luckier I get”

Very often ‘luck’ (aka success) is down to good planning rather than any intervention of fate. Living where we do in beautiful Pemberley, lots of people comment on how lucky we are to be here, but really is it luck? Part of being able to afford to buy this place is that both DH and I are now ‘orphans’ and have inherited from our parents, and invested this in our property. I would much rather have Mum and Dad still around and live somewhere smaller – this is in fact no contest. Maybe we are unlucky to lose our folks relatively young.

Part of it is because we planned exactly what we wanted in a home, and spent several months actually homeless in the transition in order to get exactly the right place.

But part of it is fate in that we were born in this part of the world. Birth being something over which we had no control.

I wish you every success in finding your alternative :)

but I do still believe in the power of ‘Paws Crossed’ ;)

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a man named Lew you should be diggin' it while it's happenin'


TOV: Good luck, usually said as a statement of support or congratulations. (I have a goal use more Yiddish words.)

redbandita does NOT want to be facebooked, twittered or shared.

The German and Dutch equivalents...

...are “Viel Erfolg!” and “success!”, which both refer to a positive outcome rather than the means of getting there (i.e., the universe or a deity intervening).
I always liked both expressions because they are just to the point and don’t apply pressure on a personal level. It’s self-evident that an interviewee will do their best when being interviewed. (Yoda: “Do or do not… there is no try.”)
I shouldn’t need to tell them to do well or trust in themselves, which might make them wonder why I feel the need to tell them, isn’t it clear that they already do?
I see your point in your search. I personally have a bigger problem with a god coming into play than the unpredictability of the universe. But that’s my heathen self speaking…

Why would you not believe in luck?

Luck, good or bad, is just a synonym for “happenstance,” isn’t it?

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