How Do Others Become Luckier Than You?
Think of a time in your life when you got really lucky. Most of have had at least one “lucky” experience. Perhaps, for example, you were seated next to a stranger at a dinner party and they made the introductions that led to you landing your dream career or partner.
What a stroke of luck!
Or was it?
It may have been chance that you were seated right next to the person who made the introduction, but from that moment it was up to you to do the work. You presented yourself as a capable person who would be remembered as a promising candidate when the time came. You were the one who put out just the right vibe to become the adorable partner for your new romance.
Some things in life are down to chance, but you have to maximise your luck; what happens next doesn’t happen by chance; it takes work, knowledge and skill. Much of what we consider luck can be influenced and increased through a few simple strategies.
First, be persistent.
Take author John Grisham. He’s sold over 275 million books, but 28 publishers rejected his first novel. It was his persistence and passion that won him the “lucky break” he needed.
Second, be where the opportunities for luck are.
Actors head to Hollywood because that’s where success may occur, be it in the form of their meeting the right agent or spotting the correct audition notice. Similarly, entrepreneurs head to Silicon Valley because that’s where the opportunities are to make their dream company a reality.
My husband Simon became lucky many years ago, not only because he met me (lol) but when he was a builder he always knew he wanted more and kept searching for something else to come along so he could be “lucky”. Then he met someone who was starting a drilling company, which gave him the opportunity to start his own drilling company. He took action immediately and while the company has been hard work, it has been a success.
Third, to be lucky in life, steer through life with a compass, not a map.
To find the places where opportunities to become lucky are high you need a plan. But an overly rigid one that clearly defines your life map can cause you to miss important opportunities. Step outside the box and trade this already drawn up map for a compass, where you have direction, but can adapt it if the landscape around you changes. This requires self-confidence and courage but walking along your own path will lead you to the opportunities that might just change your luck!
So, don’t sit back and wait for luck to arrive; make your own luck. It’s time to take action to become lucky.
If you want to know more about becoming “lucky,” read the book How Luck Happens - Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love and Life By Janis Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh. It debunks the myth that luck is something we have zero control over, revealing that we can positively influence the level of luckiness in our lives. The book is packed with examples and practical advice and shows how luck can be improved in the workplace as well as in the dating scene.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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