The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life - The Four Essential Principles
or can you change it?
A groundbreaking new scientific study of the phenomenon of luck and the ways we can bring good luck into our lives. What is luck? A psychic gift or a question of intelligence? And what is it that lucky people have that unlucky people lack? Psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman put luck under a scientific microscope for the very first tim...more
Wiseman is good, even when writing a self-help book. He shows how you can improve your luck without resorting to preposterous claims like those found in the Secret or maybe even Peale’s Power book.
Here’s a quick summary:
1. Maximize your lucky opportunities
a. Build and maintain a network of luck (people)
b. Relax about life
c. Open yourself to new experience
2. Li ...more
In most cases there is nothing wrong with those things, (although I did find fault with the idea that one's luck is in direct proportion to how extroverted one is, thereby condemning introverts to more than their fair share of bad luck.) But there is ...more
People lucky in their financial lives reported being lucky in their home lives. People unlucky in their careers were also unlucky in their relationships.
Unlucky people were far more superstitious than lucky people.
There were ...more
1. Maximise your chance opportunities. (Build network, have relaxed attitude to life, be open to new experiences.)
2. Listen to your lucky hunches - intuition and gut feeling. (Listen to gut feelings, take steps to boost intuition)
3. Expect good fortune. (Expect good fortune to continue in the future,persevere in the face of failure, expect interactions with others to be lucky and successful.)
I am a lucky person and today is going to be another luck ...more
Again, I fear the leap from hard science into the self-help world has not been beneficial to anyone in this case. Muc ...more
The most stand out elements are that lucky people tend to network with others, are optimistic, treat setbacks as lessons and seek opportunities.
Luck Factor is almost the perfect non-fiction piece ...more
Seriously, which writer can claim that he is writing a scientific book and at the same time offer a self-guide to being more lucky? ...more
Because I'd read an article about luck by Wiseman many years ago, and knew about this book, I finally decided to get it and read it. While the title is eye-catching, this is more like an "improving your odds" book rather than luck. Even so, who couldn't use a little boost in their odds?
The book discusses a plethora of anecdotal stories of people who have had "good" and "bad" luck in their lives, a ...more
The principles are as follows:
1. Lucky people create, notice, and ...more
The main concept that is discussed -- luck -- isn't objectively defined. It is based on people self-reporting as lucky (or unlucky). The following pattern is repeated thro ...more
When I worked on the Entrepreneurship Infrastructure Project, I was reminded of the article. After I found the article and looked up the author, I discovered this book.
The book doesn't instruct the reader on how to become luckier in the superstitious sense. Rather, it brinngs what people often consider as luck into the open and explain how you can be ...more
SPOILER: the main message is that lucky people create their own luck by being attentive, hard-working, and positive.
I'm glad I read the book, and if you think you're unlucky, I recommend it. It'll be a real eye-opener.
The book is filled with exercises; some to be done once, and some to be done over the co ...more
The first is to make the most of lucky breaks. Lucky people are lucky because they are more open and more aware of opportunities in their lives than unlucky people are. Because lucky people are less anxious and are open to new opportunities, they allow more experiences and influences into their lives.
The second principle is to use your intuition. You don’t ...more
Attributes they found in Lucky People:
1. They listen to their intuition
2. They believe their dreams can be their reality and work towards them
3. Expect good things to happen to them.
4. They are open to change
5. Believe the elements and ...more
It all sounded super interesting. My local library had one or two of his books but it was the luck one that intrigued me. I used to be super lucky – I know people say that but I was – I won competitions all the time. At one function, I was doing the ticket drawing and I pulled out a prize ticket for each of the other nine women sitting on my table. Now you can assume that as I was the president of that char ...more
But, if ‘luck’ isn’t actually a tangible thing, what is that people who consider themselves to be lucky do differently to those who feel the opposite?
By interviewing and analyzing the behaviors of self-proclaimed lucky and unlucky people, Richard manages to uncover his Four Principles of Luck, and invites us as readers to incorporate these into our lives.
It’s a fun ...more
I already understand how deeply attitude, and having untreated anxiety and depression, can color how you view the world and therefore how you behav ...more
The basic premise is a 'positive mental attitude' message. If you think you will be lucky then you will be lucky. You should also be extroverted, because that increases your chances of meeting people who may benefit you in some way. That's ...more
Expected a lot more from an influential professor writing a non-fiction book.
I really tried to give this book a chance. The initial chapters start out like any self help book, telling the reader to make changes in their lives. Then it goes on to talk about the research done for the book. The research done is amazingly unscientic. ...more
Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. He then obtained a degree in psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Richard currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in ...more