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Professor Richard Wiseman has actually studied the Psychology of Luck and found (surprisingly) that some people do make their own luck and that it is a skill that you can actually learn. Basically it consists of spotting opportunities and being flexible enough to incorporate them into your plans. Here is the Google Scholar search that shows is scientific papers on "luck". So you can't affect, say, the roll of a dice or the luck of birth or genetics or whatever, but some people are better at making good use of them.


When I was a teenager I would certainly have said that luck was just something that happens, but that narrow view restricts options, and therefore restrict "luck" in the broader sense. Instead of seeing two outcomes from a coin flip, you learn to see hundreds of opportunities that result - e.g. from spin-off conversations about luck with by-standers; from spotting something you hadn't noticed while recovering said coin from drain etc etc.


So here are Wiseman's four principles of luck which can actually be used by anyone. Note that none of these will change the outcome of tossing a coin - but they will affect how you could exploit the events surrounding tossing a coin.


Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.


Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches

Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.


Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune

Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.


Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good

Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on ill fortune, and take control of the situation.



My research revealed that lucky people generate 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.

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How Lucky Are You?


The reality is... your thoughts create the luck in your life


If you think that you are going to be a lucky person, the chances are that you are going to create a lot of good luck in your life. If you think that you are going to be an unlucky person, then you are not going to create good fortune in your life.


Luck is not something that happens to you, it's something you create


Research has found that 82% of lucky people are prepared to work hard to create luck in their lives......luck is something that happens to them. 80% of unlucky people are putting trust in their destiny, faith or they are not putting any effort towards luck.


Therefore, a big part of creating your own luck is based on how you see yourself and the world. Lucky people are very positive, they attract people to them. When they see an opportunity they make the most of it and when bad things happen they are very resilient (bounce back).


Unlucky people tend to be very fatalistic and convinced they are going to face bad luck. These feelings of bad luck become a self-fulfilling prophecy.


There are pathways to good luck. One pathway is to break down the barriers in your thinking. By doing so you will allow access to opportunities. Another pathway is through higher education.


The 'psychology of luck'... creates good luck and bad luck




The thing about luck is that it’s quite predictable, its mathematical. Luck comes only to the ones that take more chances, if you don't take a chance, your probability is mathematically 0, if you do, its 1, which is still more than none.


The ones that expose themselves to opportunities over and over again without giving up slowly increase their probability of getting near to what they want.


Things wont come knocking at your door when you sit in your cubicle all day long or when you sit at home, watch TV and do the same things every single day.


It comes to the ones that are active. The ones that show up more often. The ones that don’t wait their lives away. The ones that take more risk. The ones that explore new things or find something to change in their day to day life. Be passionate in what you do or like, do it fully and faithfully and luck will find you.




Opportunity is a numbers game. The more ideas you throw at the wall, or job applications you send out, or articles/scripts you shop, the more likely that something will stick. My policy, careerwise, has always been to have several irons in the fire at any given time, recognizing at the outset that some will fail.

Goals and plans. Don't just to have tangible goals but also think about, and actively plan for, how to get there. It's surprising how many people don't do that.

Always be networking. Much of your professional luck can be directly tied to the strength of your rolodex. Stay in touch. Send that interesting article or that handwritten note. Don't be annoying about it. ;)

Doing favors for people in high places is always a good idea. Quid pro quo is absolutely how the world works. Once you have a favor to call in from someone, be smart about when to do that. It was suggested I add here that often, because power people are so busy and sometimes inaccessible, doing a favor for someone who is directly under the powerful person can be just as useful, if not more useful; such people are often incredible resources, as well as being really underappreciated. I ended up on my first movie set because I found the nerdiest-looking headset flunky I could find, and treated him like he was the most important person on the movie. ;)

Be in the right place at the right time. That isn't necessarily as random as it sounds. You can be smart about where you go and who you meet. Think about people who work in the industry you want to be a part of, then join the organizations they join (and show up at the functions), go to the places they go. (Don't be bothersome or seen in the right place by the right people, often enough for an association to develop.)

Think about ways to connect the dots, and connect them. I compare this to Tess McGill in the 80's movie, "Working Girl." Tess was able to see two different newspaper articles and connect them in a way that formed an opportunity. Do that. Recognize opportunities and act on them.

Roll with the punches. Some of the things you try will result in failure. Know that going in, put everything you have into everything you do, professionally, and if you're going to fail, fail spectacularly. It's amazing how much people respect you for failing spectacularly. You either learn from it and move on, or, you develop a new opportunity specifically because of that failure.

Have, and show gratitude toward, those who help you, and always be kind, helpful, gracious toward them.

Be a serial over-deliverer. Whatever promise you have made, follow through with it, and deliberately over-deliver on it.

Pay it forward. Anytime someone has done you a solid, do something great for someone else. Karma, people.




Is-it-really-possible-to-make-your-own-luck ?


Yes it is


I knew a person who said

"If you were knocked down by a vehicle, it would be an ambulance, but if I was knocked down by a vehicle, it would be a hearse"


Your life is governed by





Skill is your ability to do what needs to be done

Chance is a mathematical assessment of probability

Luck is whether the outcome of a situation favours you or not


You can increase your skills in regard to your needs

You can increase your chances by lessening your risks

You can increase your luck by recognising the factors that favour you


The first level of luck is what you are born with

All the privileges of











The second level of luck is

Your abilities being recognised

Your disabilities being supported

Your opportunities being available

Your hopes being possible


The third level of luck is

The Means to do what you want

The Ability to do what you want

The Desire to do what you want


The fourth level of luck is

The opportunity to satisfy your hopes

The rewards fitting to your hopes

The ability to cope with your success


The fifth level of luck is

To be with those you want to share your luck with


Luck is partly dependent on awareness

All jobs have a risk level

There is the 'Risk and Reward' aspect where you might take risks if the reward is high enough


But in some cases it is not possible to assess the risk

If you are in the USA military you are more likely to die of suicide than in battle


In general, Luck can normally be associated with situations of

High risk, high reward

Low risk, low reward


You can control your luck to some extent by your choices





Live your life in places where good things happen. Avoid places where bad things happen. For example:


Live in a safe neighborhood instead of a dangerous neighborhood. Even if the safe neighborhood is more expensive.

Work for a growing and prosperous company, not a stagnant or collapsing company.

Spend your time with smart, productive, upbeat people. Avoid people who lie, cheat, and steal. Especially avoid people who put you down.

Keep you car well-maintained and safe.

If you walk, jog, or bicycle, look for paths that are well separated from traffic.

Don't drink in bars where fights break out.

Send you kids to schools where most students succeed, not where most fail.



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There is a Buddhist tale that I really like. It goes something like this.


An old man had a beautiful stallion, in fact the best in the village. One day, the horse ran away and the villagers cried and said “what terrible luck you have!”. The old man said, “maybe so, maybe not.”


But one day, the stallion returned and brought with it several wild mares. The villagers all praised him for his great luck. The old man said “maybe so, maybe not.”


One day, the old man’s son was trying to train one of the mares and fell off and broke his leg. The villagers again all moaned and said “What horrible luck you have!.” The old man again said, “Maybe so, maybe not.”


But one day, there was a war breaking out and the army came to enlist all young males into the army. But the old man’s son (although of age) was unable to join the army because of his broken leg. All the other young men went off to the war, but the old man’s son stayed in the village.


Again, all the villagers told the old man that he is so lucky, but the old man just looked on and said “maybe so, maybe not.”


Your story is not finished. Whether or not these occurrences will ultimately prove lucky or unlucky for you is yet to be determined. Just live your life the best you can. There are certainly things you can do in life to increase your pleasure and dodge unpleasant situations.




In summary, good luck or bad luck is largely a matter of perspective!



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9 Easy Ways to Increase Your Luck



How can you increase your luck? Here are 9 actionable steps that will tilt the odds in your favor.


May 02, 2018

Tony is lucky. He admits it. Things seem to always turn out right for him. He met the right life partner, his kids are awesome, he got lucky when he got the job, etc.


Why do some people seem to have it all? Why does luck seem to strike the same people over and over again?


Sometimes, we are tempted to think that some people are just lucky, that luck is outside our circle of influence.


I believe you can attract luck consistently, like Tony.


The Truth About Luck



Ray Kroc, the man who brought McDonald’s to the world, didn’t believe in luck.


He spent a lot of years working as a salesman before finding the McDonald brothers. It’s easy to think that Ray got lucky because he met the brothers.


But Kroc worked extremely hard to open hundreds of McDonald’s branches across the US. The McDonald brothers didn’t have the vision, but he had it.


And the rest was history.


“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” - Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc increased his luck by working hard and by thinking smarter.


This means that luck is simply the result of your actions. In other words, you can be lucky by adopting the right habits.


Tilting the Odds in Your Favor



Dr. Richard Wiseman, author of the book titled “The Luck Factor”, said that people aren’t born lucky or unlucky, and that in order to have good luck, you need to have the right attitude.


Wiseman conducted intensive interviews and experiments with over 400 volunteers. After 10 years of studying what makes other people lucky, he concluded that luck is something that can be learned.


“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.” - Richard Wiseman.

The truth is you can increase your luck by learning the habits of successful people.


You can improve your “luck score” by following the steps that they took to achieve effectiveness in all areas of their life.


Here are some ways to tilt the odds in your favor.


9 Ways to Increase Your Luck

1. Believe That You’re Lucky


As strange as it sounds, believing that you are lucky makes you more likely to be receptive to the opportunities around you.


Believing that you are lucky changes your perspective.


Try to pay attention when you actually get lucky, pause and acknowledge it. Soon, you will realize you are luckier than you thought.


2. Be Clear About Your Goals and Voice them


Why should you be clear about your goals? Because it makes you more aware of opportunities around you related to these goals.


And if you voice your goals to people around you, they will more likely bring you opportunities relevant to you and your goals.


Keep your goals in the top of your mind, perhaps scribbled in a notebook or stored in a tool like Week Plan and review them regularly.


3. Be Open to Opportunities


Sometimes, opportunities knock at your door but you are too scared to open the door.


Sometimes you need to be willing to step out of your comfort zone in order to accept luck into your life.



4. Surround Yourself With The Right People


Lucky people have the right people in their personal network.


Actively connect with people who can help you achieve success:


Look for mentors or coaches

Join or organize mastermind groups

Go to meetups

Your circle of friends defines who you are. If you are surrounded by fearless people, chances are that you will take on bigger challenges.



5. Increase your Karma score


Karma is deeply rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism amongst others and states that good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness (while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma).


This is similar to the Golden Rule, or Law of Reciprocity:


One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive or directive form).

One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form).

What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).

Consider volunteering, making meaningful gifts, and be a good friend.

6. Practice Gratitude


Gratitude is a muscle you can train.


By being more grateful, you will tend to express it more.


By expressing it more, others will be more likely to want to do things for you because they know it will truly be appreciated.


If you want to practice your gratitude muscle try this: at the end of the day, just before falling asleep in your bed, think of 5 things you are truly grateful for today. It could be a job that pays the bills, a loving family that brings joy to your heart, a friend that makes you laugh.



7. Relax


When we are stressed and tired, our ambitions and optimism tend to shrink and we start focusing on our needs and ourselves. When relaxed and happy, we expand outwards and notice opportunities more easily.


I strongly recommend considering mindfulness meditation, as it is very convenient and yields results with minimum time investment.



8. Be Proactive


Take responsibility for your life. Stephen Covey exhorts us to be proactive.


Take charge of your life and stop blaming other people for your poverty, misfortune, failures.


By being proactive — instead of reactive — you stop the blame and you reclaim your own power to change your life.



9. Show Up


You need to consistently show up in the right places to allow luck to happen.


If you consistently go to the right meetups, you will meet the right people.


If you consistently show up and work on your side business, you will make progress.



While luck seems something out of your hand by definition, you can actually have a high impact on how much “luck” you get in your life.


If you have anything to add to our list, feel free to leave your comments below.



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