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How to Make Your Own Luck

We control our luck

... to a certain extent. We may not directly affect major opportunities of our life at any given moment (like finding oil on our property), but we can indirectly influence how many opportunities spring up and the ferocity with which we pursue them.

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How to Make Your Own Luck

How to Make Your Own Luck

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Luck is a perceptual bias

In other people, we focus on the successful result, not the struggle and growth experience they endured to reach it, while in ourselves, all we’re aware of is the struggle we endure and not the success that is readily apparent to others.

We control our luck

... to a certain extent. We may not directly affect major opportunities of our life at any given moment (like finding oil on our property), but we can indirectly influence how many opportunities spring up and the ferocity with which we pursue them.

We control our luck

... to a certain extent. We may not directly affect major opportunities of our life at any given moment (like finding oil on our property), but we can indirectly influence how many opportunities spring up and the ferocity with which we pursue them.

Become a lucky person

  • Be a social butterfly: Lucky people enjoy relating to other people.
  • Periodically do something stupid: Luck is more likely to fall on those who take a dumb risk or two.
  • Maximize your positive luck and minimize the negative one.
  • Be optimistic: Our performance usually rises to the level of our expectations.

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Be social

Put yourself out there and meet more people, because people bring connections and connections bring opportunity.

Also, keep in touch with your established relationships.

Visualize

If you have a goal in mind, imagine the stepping stones to your success. Seeing each detail in the path to success is key.

Help others

Lucky people give freely of their time and resources.

Giving reminds us of how lucky we already are. 

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Maximize Opportunities

Lucky people do not wait for things to happen to them. They take notice and act upon the opportunities that they find.

Listen With Your Gut

Lucky people act on their intuitions across many areas of their lives.

Intuition is when your body and brain have detected a pattern before you have deliberately considered it.

Expect Good Fortune

You are more likely to be successful if you are optimistic about your opportunities. 

When you think things will work out, you are more apt to persevere. You are also open to new opportunities.

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Believing in luck
Believing in luck

Luck is a hard thing to prove. There is no real thing we can call luck, but we can create a real object and transfer luck to it, such as a lucky penny or a lucky charm.

Studies on lucky charms
  • Studies reveal that people perform better on tasks when they have a lucky charm with them. During a series of memory tasks, students who were allowed to keep their lucky charms performed better than students who had their charms taken away.
  • Attitude plays a big role in luck. Someone who believes they are lucky will try harder at a challenging task. That persistence can have a self-reinforcing effect. The harder the task they take on, the more chance of success, increasing the belief that they are lucky.
A positive attitude and luck

A positive attitude towards life makes it seem like more happy events happen for a person.

While it is not rational to believe in luck, understanding the psychology behind it can explain why some people seem to be successful while others can never get to the top.