What is Luck and How Can We Become Lukcy?

One of my favorite quotes: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" – Seneca.

This morning my friend handed me an article about luck "Be lucky – it's and easy skill to learn" by Prof. Richard Wiseman. I liked this article a lot and want to share it here.

Prof. Wiseman has studied the luck and what makes people feel lucky or unlucky. Insights from this great work are that people's thoughts and behavior are responsible for their good or bad fortune. He conveys an experiment of more than 400 people that describe themselves as either lucky or unlucky. In this experiment, each person is given a newspaper and asked to count the number of pictures in it. It takes about 2 minutes for the unlucky people to find out that there are 43 pictures, whereas the lucky group finds the number in just few seconds. The reason is that on the second page there is a message written with 2" (5cm) big letter "Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.". The lucky group sees it but the unlucky group misses it.

This experiment reveals that:

"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."

To see if unlucky people can become lucky, Prof. Wiseman sets another experiment – "Luck School". For one month, participants carry out exercises that would help them increase their skills in spotting opportunities, listen to their intuition, think they are lucky and be more optimistic by trying to find the good in the bad luck. The results from the experiment are positive – unlucky people become lucky and lucky people become luckier. Even one of the participants from the unlucky group, after graduating from the "luck school" successfully passes the driving test after three years of trying.

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