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principles of luck
June 15, 2007, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Lifeskills

Luck 101

Notes from The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman, an eye-opening book on how “lucky” people aren’t really “lucky” in the sense that their affinity for serendipity is not purely a product of sheer randomness, but rather partly explained by their overall positive attitude towards life. I do not agree with all that he says, but generally the rules mentioned below are probably good general rules of action.

 The four principles of luck and the twelve sub-principles of luck

  1. Maximise your chance opportunities
    1. Build and maintain a strong “network of luck.”
    2. Have a relaxed attitude towards life.
    3. Be open to new experiences
  2. Listen to your lucky hunches
    1. Listen to your gut feelings and hunches.
    2. Take steps to boost your intuition.
  3. Expect good fortune
    1. Expect good luck to continue in the future.
    2. Attempt to achieve goals, even if chances are slim, and persevere in the face of failure.
    3. Expect interactions with others to be lucky and successful.
  4. Turn your bad luck into good
    1. See the positive side of your bad luck.
    2. Be convinced that any ill fortune will in the long run work out for the best.
    3. Do not dwell on ill fortune.
    4. Take constructive steps to preven more bad luck in the future.
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