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How to attract good luck

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Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.

Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don't mean with voodoo or magic crystals.

Turns out somebody has done scientific research on luck. So I gave him a call.

Richard Wiseman is a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and the bestselling author of many books including: Luck Factor . (His excellent YouTube channel is here .)

Richard studied over 1000 people. And, yes, it turns out some people are very unlucky. Here's Richard:

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Okay, so you're doing more stuff. Great. But what about when it comes time to make decisions? What can we learn from lucky people?

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

Via Luck Factor :

Almost 90 percent of lucky people said that they trusted their intuition when it came to personal relationships, and almost 80 percent said it played a vital role in their career choices... About 20 percent more lucky than unlucky people used their intuition when it came to making important financial decisions, and over 20 percent more used their intuition when thinking about their career choices.

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Okay, so you're doing more stuff. Great. But what about when it comes time to make decisions? What can we learn from lucky people?

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

Via Luck Factor :

And intuition isn't magic. Research has shown it's often valid. Here's Richard:

What intuition seems to be most of the time is when you've got expertise in the area, that somehow the body and the brain have detected a pattern that you haven't consciously seen... When we were talking to our lucky people they would often say, "If I get a gut feeling about something I stop and consider it." Even when unlucky people got those feelings, they didn't follow them because they didn't know where they came from. They were anxious about the world.

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    Lucky people do not dwell on their ill fortune.
    Lucky people take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.

How do you respond to disappointment?

Giving up, getting gloomy and locking yourself in the house won't help the world offer you better opportunities. Here's Richard:

When things get tough you've got two choices: you can either fold or you can keep going. Lucky people are very resilient. I remember talking to one lucky person that had fallen down some stairs and broken his leg. I said, "I bet you don't consider yourself quite so lucky now." He said the last time he went to a hospital he met a nurse and they fell in love. Now the two of them are happily married twenty-five years later. He said, "It was the best thing that ever happened to me... So, yeah, things can look bad now, but the long term effect of this might be very, very positive." That's a very resilient attitude. Lucky people tend to have that sort of approach.

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But what happens when things still go wrong? What should you do when you're acting like a lucky person but bad luck still whacks you in the face?

Lucky people aren't always lucky - but they handle adversity differently than unlucky people.

Via Luck Factor :

    Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck.
    Lucky people are convinced that any ill fortune in their lives will, in the long run, work out for the best.

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Lucky people just try stuff. Unlucky people suffered from paralysis by analysis. They wouldn't do anything until they walked through every single angle and by then the world had moved on. They don't gain the benefits of learning through doing. I'm a big fan of starting small, trying lots of projects, seeing what works and what doesn't, and iterating based on feedback.

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You heard that right: research shows that good luck charms work .

Via The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver :

The researchers found that by activating good luck beliefs, these objects were consistently able to boost people's self-confidence and that this up-tick in self-assurance in turn affected a wide range of performance. Lucky thinking, it turned out in this study, positively affected people's ability to solve puzzles and to remember the pictures depicted on thirty-six different cards, and it improved their putting performance in golf! In fact, people with a lucky charm performed significantly better than did the people who had none.

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And not only were they luckier afterward, tests results showed they were also happier .

Okay, so you don't want the church to burn down before your wedding day. Want to go to "Luck School"? Here's what Richard said about how you can get lucky...

It makes intuitive sense: if you lock yourself in your house, how many exciting, serendipitous things are going to happen to you? Not many.

In his book Luck Factor , Richard wrote: "Lucky people create, notice, and act upon the chance opportunities in their lives." Here's Richard:

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Okay, so you're doing more stuff. Great. But what about when it comes time to make decisions? What can we learn from lucky people?

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

Via Luck Factor :

Almost 90 percent of lucky people said that they trusted their intuition when it came to personal relationships, and almost 80 percent said it played a vital role in their career choices... About 20 percent more lucky than unlucky people used their intuition when it came to making important financial decisions, and over 20 percent more used their intuition when thinking about their career choices.

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(To learn how to overcome regret, click here .)

Let's round this all up and learn the final (and most important) benefit of believing in luck.

Here's what Richard had to say about how to attract good luck:

  1. Maximize Opportunities: Keep trying new things.
  2. Listen To Hunches: Especially if it's an area where you have some experience, trust your intuition.
  3. Expect Good Fortune: Be an optimist. A little delusion can be good.
  4. Turn Bad Luck Into Good: Don't dwell on the bad. Look at the big picture.

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Lucky people just try stuff. Unlucky people suffered from paralysis by analysis. They wouldn't do anything until they walked through every single angle and by then the world had moved on. They don't gain the benefits of learning through doing. I'm a big fan of starting small, trying lots of projects, seeing what works and what doesn't, and iterating based on feedback.

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