We’ve all heard people make statements such as,
- “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I would have no luck at all.”
- “He’s so lucky. He always gets all the lucky breaks.”
- “Her luck ran out.”
Even those who purport not to believe in “luck” occasionally make statements about luck. So I wondered, why do some people seem to regularly have good luck and some others have horrible luck? What’s going on?
This question led me to an interesting book I recently read by Dr. Richard Wiseman entitled, The Luck Factor. According to Dr. Wiseman, “although lucky and unlucky people have almost no insight into the real causes of their good and bad luck, their thoughts and behavior are responsible for much of their fortune”.
Four Basic Principle
In The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles Dr. Wiseman states, “research revealed that lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.”
I found his research results intriguing. To arrive at this conclusion he took groups of people who, via tests his team administered, were classified as lucky, neutral, or unlucky. He then tested this by subjecting the individuals to a series of tests in typical everyday settings (i.e., not an academic setting) to see how they reacted or responded. For example, a $100 bill was dropped on the ground in one area and a wallet with additional funds was dropped further along the same path. All of the “lucky” people noticed the $100 bill or the wall and many noticed both. None of the “unlucky” people noticed either!
Dr. Wiseman’s take on this observation? That unlucky people tend to spend a lot of time in their own heads brooding about what’s not working for them and, consequently, fail to look around and see the opportunities that are all around them.
The Best News
The best news of all, per Dr. Wiseman’s research, is that the practice of good luck can be learned and you CAN become luckier. The Luck Factor includes several assessments (Yes, I did them all! They only took a few minutes each.) that help you determine where you lie with regards to each of the four basic principles. Dr. Wiseman, throughout the book, provides a series of exercises to help you move from wherever you currently are in terms of luck to a much higher level of good luck. ( Yes, I did many of these exercises too.)
My suggestion: If you have the same questions about luck as I do, or if you think you need your luck to change, especially in regards to your business or business endeavors, then I highly recommend you read The Luck Factor by Dr. Richard Wiseman. Here’s another paraphrased quote as a takeaway: Lucky people expect to do well in life and that expectation plays a major role in their success.