Lucky & unlucky


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Lucky & unlucky

  1. 1. Subject: FW: Examine Your LuckBy Professor Richard Wise man,University of Hertfordshire .Ten years ago, I set out to examineluck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right placeat the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune.I carried out a simple experimentto discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spotsuch opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper,and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs wereinside. I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspapersaying: "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win #250." This messagetook up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two incheshigh. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tendedto miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it. Unlucky peopleare generally more tenses than lucky people, and this anxiety disruptstheir ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss opportunitiesbecause they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to partiesintent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make goodfriends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of jobadvertisements and miss other types of jobs.Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is thererather than just what they are looking for. My research eventuallyrevealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make luckydecisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesiesvia positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transformsbad luck into good.
  2. 2. Towards the end of the work, Iwondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. Iasked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designedto help them think and behave like a luckyperson. These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listento their intuition, and expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to badluck.One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened.The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfiedwith their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky.Finally, I had found the elusive"luck factor".Here are Professor Wise mans four top tips forbecoming lucky:Listen to your gut instinct-they are normally rightBe open to new experiencesand breaking your normal routineSpend a few moments eachday remembering things that went wellVisualize yourself beinglucky before an important meeting or telephone call.Luck is very often a self-fulfillingprophecy!