The Four Principles of Luck, and How to Bring More Luck Into Your Life
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LUCK
A ten-year scientific study into the nature of luck has revealed that, to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune. The results also show that it is possible to enhance the amount of luck that people encounter in their lives.
Researched and published by Professor Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor project scientifically explores why some people live such charmed lives, and develops techniques that enable others to enhance their own good fortune. The research has involved working with hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people, and the findings have been published in The Luck Factor.
Prof. Wiseman has identified the four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives.
Principle One: Maximize Chance Opportunities
Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.
Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good
Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
We found Professor Wiseman’s work through an adorable YouTube Video created by PBS. It goes a bit farther info the psychology of these 4 principles. Check it out here. ??
BBC Online article on Prof Wiseman’s luck research
Forbes.com carries Prof. Wiseman’s article on the psychology of opportunity.
Fast Company article on The Luck Factor in business.
The Times reports Prof Wiseman’s work on creating opportunities and his book, Did You Spot the Gorilla?
The Daily Telegraph reports on an experiment on connectivity and luck.
Report on Prof Wiseman’s work exploring luck and superstition.