Make your own luck...
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I've been reading a lot of articles lately about how to be luckier.
My favorite is Bakadesuyo's How can you become more lucky?
I summarize that article with the four traits lucky people practice:
1. Be open to new experiences. Network. Meet new people. Re-engage with people you know.
2. Intuition. Listen to yourself. Meditate to clear your mind regularly.
3. Optimism. The mind is a feedback loop that creates self-fulfilling prophecies, so be positive.
To that I add: don't try to avoid pain.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. (attributed to Bob Marley)
Be open. Be intuitive. Be optimistic. Be resilient. Don't fear pain.
Richard Wiseman's psychology of luck:
Prof Wiseman has identified the four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives.
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.
Dr. Wiseman's research demonstrates that “lucky” people are characterized by greater relaxation, which leads to much quicker ability to see opportunities that might arise.
This reminds me of Luck Surface Area
The amount of serendipity that will occur in your life, your Luck Surface Area, is directly proportional to the degree to which you do something you're passionate about combined with the total number of people to whom this is effectively communicated.
To satisfy my mathematically oriented brain I've gone one step further and formalized the concept into the equation L = D * T, where L is luck, D is doing and T is telling. This demonstrates clearly that the more you do and the more people you tell about it, the larger your Luck Surface Area will become.
It seems as if you are already aware of this, but still worth repeating...
Thank you for the refresher -- that was worth revisiting Chris!
Success is just a series of failures, followed by one thing that worked: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/one-on-one-lane-becker-author-of-get-lucky/
This is where the 90 day rule comes in too Adam. Where you are now is a direct reflection of what you were doing 90 days ago. If you keep this in mind every day, you will be astonished as to where you will end up in 90 days.
Everything you are is a result of everything you've done.
Quora answers to the question of whether it's possible to increase your luck: http://www.quora.com/Is-it-really-possible-to-make-your-own-luck
Luck favors the prepared. Fortune favors the bold. And so on.
fortune favors the bold!