This is a great article on “creating one’s own luck”. I couldn’t agree more with the main takeaway and message. How we interpret/perceive the world around us has an enormous impact on our state of mind. Actions can happen that are out of our control but the way we perceive them and let them affect our life is something we can control, or at least have a strong influence on. I liked how this concept was evaluated analytically in this article.
Be lucky – it’s an easy skill to learn by Richard Wiseman from The Telegraph
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.
Additional quotes I liked:
The findings have revealed that although unlucky people have almost no insight into the real causes of their good and bad luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their fortune.…Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much more tense than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people’s ability to notice the unexpected. In one experiment, people were asked to watch a moving dot in the centre of a computer screen. Without warning, large dots would occasionally be flashed at the edges of the screen. Nearly all participants noticed these large dots. … The harder they looked, the less they saw.…And so it is with luck – unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.