>Why Some People Have All the Luck.
Why are some people always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune?
According to Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, the differenace is that unlucky people are generally tenser than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties with intent of 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 miss other types of jobs.
While lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.
- They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities,
- Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, and
- Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and
- Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
Take the case of chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. He carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities.
He created two groups, first those people who think that they are lucky and second who think that they are unlucky. He gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and asked how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. The unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.
Mr. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, tells in his book “The Luck Factor (Century)” that luck is a skill which can be developed. He gave following four tips to become lucky:
- Listen to your gut instincts—they are normally right.
- Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine.
- Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well.
- Visualize yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.
Have a lucky day and work for it.
I also came across a beautiful line mentioned below:
“Luck is indeed the place where Preparation meets Opportunity” —- From the book “The Last lecture” by Richard Wiseman
PS: For more details please visit the following link:
The personal website of Richard Wiseman