Saturday, October 17, 2009

How to be lucky

I'm a strong believer you can create your own luck, and I think someone said it best with, "luck is when preparation meets opportunity."  There was a great article written about this and someone actually did a study and found out systematically it is not the individual who is lucky, but their mindset and/or process that makes them more fortunate than others. 

Many times, it's not even the fortune, but the perception of an event one has that makes all the difference.

In the wake of these studies, I think there are three easy techniques that can help to maximise good fortune:
  1. Unlucky people often fail to follow their intuition when making a choice, whereas lucky people tend to respect hunches. Lucky people are interested in how they both think and feel about the various options, rather than simply looking at the rational side of the situation. I think this helps them because gut feelings act as an alarm bell - a reason to consider a decision carefully.
  2. Unlucky people tend to be creatures of routine. They tend to take the same route to and from work and talk to the same types of people at parties. In contrast, many lucky people try to introduce variety into their lives. For example, one person described how he thought of a colour before arriving at a party and then introduced himself to people wearing that colour. This kind of behaviour boosts the likelihood of chance opportunities by introducing variety.
  3. Lucky people tend to see the positive side of their ill fortune. They imagine how things could have been worse. In one interview, a lucky volunteer arrived with his leg in a plaster cast and described how he had fallen down a flight of stairs. I asked him whether he still felt lucky and he cheerfully explained that he felt luckier than before. As he pointed out, he could have broken his neck.
You can read the full article here.

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