All of us smile back when Lady Fortuna smiles at us. The question is how do we win her smile more often. How do we get lucky?
Richard Wiseman undertook a scientific exploration of Luck in his book The Luck Factor. According to Prof. Wiseman everyone can improve their luck by applying his four basic principles for generating good fortune:
1. Creating and noticing chance opportunities. Mr. Wiseman describes his experiment:
I gave both lucky and unlucky people a news- paper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message “Stop counting – There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was over two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it. Just for fun, I placed a second large message half way through the newspaper. This one announced: “Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.” Again, the unlucky people missed the opportunity because they were still too
… lucky participants went to considerable lengths to introduce variety and change into their lives.
2. Listening to your intuition – Exercise your curiosity and find out where it might lead. The journey and/or destination could be just what you need.
3. Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations – beneficial effect of positive expectations have been widely studied. Click here for scholarly studies and articles.
4. Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
Lucky people tend to imagine spontaneously how the bad luck they encounter could have been worse and, in doing so, they feel much better about themselves and their lives. This, in turn, helps keep their expectations about the future high, and, increases the likelihood of them continuing to live a lucky life.
We can all use a little good fortune in our business and personal lives. With Prof. Wiseman’s help we might just get lucky.
You are now equipped to make your own luck; so stop waiting and start doing. Good Luck!
Source: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman [pdf]
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