What Is Good Luck?
You may not like my answer to the question, "What is
good luck?" It is simply the otherwise unexplained good
situations and surprises that happen to us. In that sense, the
whole concept can be said to "disappear" if we can
explain those things in other ways. For example, hard work results
in much of what we refer to as luck. Being in the right place
at the right time does as well.
But my more common answer to "What is good luck?"
may be "Who Cares! Here is an excerpt from the introduction
to "Secrets of Lucky People," which explains my perspective:
Is Good Luck Really Something Else?
What about the whole concept? Is
there such a thing as either good or bad luck, or is there another
explanation? Is it just hard work? Are we somehow "cursed"
or "blessed"? Or is "luck" just a lazy way
to define the process of cause and effect?
You know it when you see it, right?
To actually have good luck is more important than having an explanation
or definition of it. The first lesson then, is that it is more
profitable to make good things happen than to argue about definitions.
The things you can do with this information will earn you the
title of "lucky" even if you feel that "luck"
had nothing to do with it, but don't sweat the label. Good results
are good results, whatever they are called.
Now let's get started with a look
at what lucky people are doing differently from others, and how
you can have good luck too.
Do These Luck Lessons and Exercises Really Work?
In the book that I mention the research of scientist Richard
Wiseman in several chapters. In the course of his studies he
ran a "luck school" that taught students how to be
luckier. So how well did the students do? As it turns out, almost
every participant in Wiseman's "luck school" reported
significant changes in their lives, which included:
More good luck
More self esteem
If you put the principles of good luck to work, they really
do change the results you get in life. In Secrets of Lucky
People I not only explain these principles, but the first
thirty chapters end with simple exercises that will get you thinking
and acting the right way to bring opportunities into your life
and take advantage of them.
For example, here's one simple success or "luck formula":
When you feel the slightest motivation, take any small step towards
your goal. Any action starts the process, and is better than
nothing. There is a kind of momentum created by your thinking,
and it is maintained by your actions, so take a step, and then
another. Here are three small steps you can take right now: Go
order the book, read the first chapter and do the exercise there.