To Be Successful, Make Your Own Luck By Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh

To Be Successful, Make Your Own Luck By Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh

Luck is a combination of random chance, talent and hard work – and we can control some of that equation


March 2018

Stories about getting lucky are common in the business world, but attributing success to random chance is misleading. Simple rules to create luck for yourself

…attributing success to random chance is misleading. If you believe that luck will just fall from the sky, you will probably never get lucky.

Luck occurs at the intersection of random chance, talent, and hard work. There may not be much you can do about the first part of that equation, but there’s a lot you can do about the other two.

People who have a talent for making luck for themselves grab the unexpected opportunities that come along.

The good news is that there’s plenty of luck to go around if you know how to look for it. Some simple rules can help.

(Rule 1) Pay Attention.

(Rule 2). Get Off The Standard Path.  Mathematicians who study game theory have concluded that in highly competitive conditions, the best move is often to be unpredictable. Lucky people are often the outliers who find a path that others missed.

(Path 3). Change the Odds. Random events have an impact on every life and business, but Caltech physicist Leonard Miodinow told us that randomness is just part of the story. With so many unknown variables knocking around, one of the best ways to improve your luck is to keep taking chances. “You have to keep trying and accepting failure, because the more at-bats you have, the more likely you are to get a hit, no matter what your skill,” he said. …

(Part 4). Think Yourself Lucky. Psychologist Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania told us that if he were looking for a lucky person, “the number one ingredient that I’d select for would be optimism.”

Early in his career, Dr. Seligman did groundbreaking experiments on learned helplessness, showing that animals put in stressful situations beyond their control eventually stop trying to escape. People also have a tendency to give up and cpmplain when they think they’re victims of bad luck.

“Believing that you have some control over what happens fuels trying,” Dr. Seligman said. “If there’s a potentially good event for me, am I going to seize the opportunity and follow up, or am I going to be passive?”

Difficult moments that seem like bad luck can become part of a happier picture. Best-selling author Lee Child suggests seeing bad luck as a chance that has come your way.

He started writing Jack Reacher thrillers only after he was fired from a television job in the U.K. that he loved. He was angry and frustrated and felt betrayed, but he channeled it all into finding a new opportunity.

… Most of us act on only a fraction of the luck-making possibilities around us. If you want to become lucky, look for the positive side of any situation. Choose the favorable future you want and then live as if it had already occurred. …

See Also:

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – The Self Help Book by Susan Jeffers

After 27 Rejections, Dr. Seuss Almost Burned His First Unpublished Book – But He Hung In There and Went on to Become a Best-Selling Author  

Best-Sellers Initially Rejected

Why the Fear of Rejection Overrides One’s Ability to Ask for What They Want or Need

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

Nay-Sayers and Failure on the Way to Success: Singer Elvis Presley

Breakthrough Success Depends on Your Productivity, Not Your Age by Drake Baer

Entertainers Cher and Goldie Hawn Admit to Struggles with Insecurity or Anxiety

“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt 

Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

You’re Not Failing Enough, by Diane Paddison

How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think – Don’t Let A Little Criticism Hold You Back, by Simran Takhar

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