How lucky are you? I’m not a big fan of starsigns and superstitions, but some people just seem more lucky than others. Isn’t strange how some people always seem to land on their feet in any situation and that everything always works out for them? With some other people, it’s the opposite. So, what is it that makes some poeple really lucky?
As I found out in The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman, there’s actually a little more to it. Through over 10 years of experiments researching luck he reckons that it depends more on what type of person you are than what you star sign is. The old saying, “Unlucky at cards – lucky at love” seems to be slightly off the mark because generally people that are lucky are lucky in many aspects of their life. So what makes for a lucky person?
According to Wiseman there are 4 basic principals to being lucky which he tested in his ‘Luck school” where he monitored ‘unlucky’ people who took unusual actions that enforced his principles and they all consistantly became considerably more ‘lucky’ by the end. (He developed a questionnaire on wether someone thought they were lucky – but as you’ll see it’s more of a perspective thing.)
The Principles are:
1) Maximise your chance opportunities. Lucky people are more open, relaxed and are therefore more receptive to see opportunities. They also have strong active networks and thus allow for lots of opportunities to find them.
2) Listen to your lucky hunches. This sounds like a no-brainer, but lucky people have a disproportunate confidence in their gut feel and often take actions to increase their intuition.
3) Expect Good Fortune. They generally expect thier luck to continue into the future and approach situations expecting it to work out. They also perservere in the face of failure and push forward even if the successful outcome seems slim.
4) Turn your bad luck into good. Be Optamistic and positive and do not dewll on negative thoughts and feelings.
It reminds me of a joke where a guy prays to God to make him win the lottery every week. One day, in desperation he prays that he will dedicate the rest of his life to helping others and become a monk if God will make him win. A big booming voice from heaven replies: “Well, at least meet me half way and buy a ticket!”
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts on billionaires, success is more about who you are being than what situation you are in. It is you perspective. Your attitude. It seems to be the same with luck. Essentially what makes people lucky is a positive attitude and outlook, coupleded with taking actions that can make things happen. It’s about getting off your ass and getting out there.
In the Black Swan, Taleb tells of how our lives are ruled by the random and the unexpected in small and big ways. Seeing and taking these random oportunities are the ‘facts’ that make people believe that they are lucky or unlucky. Napoleon Hill says that, “Every misfortune brings with it the seed of equal or greater opportunity.” That every setback, taken with a different positive attitude, can turn out to be a good thing. So stop reading your daily horascope and meet life halfway by stepping out and allowing all the good things to find you.