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Why Some People seem to have all the luck - Richard Wiseman
Why do some people have all the luck while other never gets the breaks they deserve? I set pout to examine luck, 10 years ago. Why are some people always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune? I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.
Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and over the years have been interviewed by me. I have monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments. The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the cause of their luck, their thoughts and behavior are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people consistently, whereas unlucky people do not.
I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying. Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50 . This message took up half of their perfect and so misses opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principals. they are skilled at crating 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 trans forms bad luck into good. I wondered towards the end of the work, whether these principles could be used to create good luck.
I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person. Dramatic results! These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and perhaps most important of all, luckier.
The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky. Finally, I had found the elusive ‘Luck Factor’.
1) Listen to your gut instincts they are normally right.
2) Be open to new experiences and braking your normal routine.
3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well.
4) Visualize yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.