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The Luck Factor
This book shows you how you really can change your luck and your life.

By: John Shepler

You only need to answer this one question: Do you feel lucky?  Well, do you?

I hope you said yes.  If you did you are probably a lucky person.  Lucky people feel lucky.  They believe that good luck will come their way.  And amazingly, it does.

People who see themselves as unlucky really are.  They win fewer prizes in the lottery, they lose out on good jobs and meaningful relationships.   They are the losers they perceive themselves to be.  Pity.  If only they thought of themselves as winners, their luck would change for the better.

Does this mean that you can simply think yourself lucky and become so?  Yeah, it does.  That's the amazing result of an intense study by Dr. Richard Wiseman, who spent 3 years investigating the subject of luck with over 400 volunteers.  At the end of his study, Dr. Wiseman concluded that anyone can improve his or her luck by applying a few simple principles. Yes, you can even win more contests and become more popular.  Luck is not pure random chance after all.

First of all, how about those lottery winners?  Well, when Dr. Wiseman ran a controlled study pitting those who felt lucky against those who didn't, the results came out as probability theory would suggest.  Lucky people are really no better than unlucky people in picking winning lottery numbers.  But, they consistently win more.  How can that be?  In digging into the data, Dr. Wiseman found that people who felt lucky tended to buy more lottery tickets and enter more contests of all varieties.  As science would predict, they won more often simply because they entered more often.

That's the first principle in improving your luck.  You've got to play the game if you ever expect to win.  In other words, you have to maximize your chance opportunities.  Those who enter more contests, win more contests.  Those who spend more time talking to other people about their career aspirations and go on more job interviews tend to have more career opportunities and better job satisfaction.  You really can't hide your light under a bushel and expect the perfect job to come and hunt you down.

Contacts are really important.  It's not only who you know, but who they know and who their contacts know.  If everyone knows 300 people, then you are only a handshake or two from thousands of people who can potentially help you get what you want.  Be open to new experiences and build strong networks to improve your luck.

The second principle is to listen to your lucky hunches.  Yes, your intuition often steers you correctly because it is accessing all the things you've learned on a subject but aren't consciously aware of at any given time.  Beware of moving forward on a deal if it really doesn't feel right.

Lucky people expect good fortune.  They are actively looking for it even if the chances seem remote.  Once again, if you are actively on the lookout for something and expect to find it, you'll be more aware of what is available and not miss what you're seeking just because you were looking the other way.

Try telling yourself that you are going to find money laying around when you are out and about.  This has worked for me.  It's amazing how often I can find pennies, dimes and even bills just by looking down when I open the car door, on sidewalks, or just lying there on the floor in stores.

The last piece in the good luck puzzle is to turn bad luck into good.  This follows the old saying, "If life hands you lemons, then make lemonade."  Say you go to buy a pair of shoes and and find they don't make that style anymore.  So, you try on some other pairs and find one that you like even better than your original choice.  Your bad luck in not finding what you intended has lead to learning about something better that you would never have pursued otherwise.  Sometimes the change that is forced on us leads to better things... if we're open to them.

I'm sure that you'll be nodding in agreement when you read the examples in this book.  We've all had things happen to us, good and bad, but never really thought that these lucky or unlucky episodes could be made repeatable.  Read the results of Dr. Wiseman's experiments on luck and do the exercises.  You might just find yourself getting a whole lot luckier.



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