Do you consider yourself a lucky person…or an unlucky one?
Today I came across a very profound and brief article titled “How to Get Lucky” where a researcher named Richard Wiseman spent 10 years studying people who self-identified themselves as either lucky or unlucky.
In his research, Mr. Wiseman he found that lucky people tend to have an open mind, a positive attitude, and consciously take action to “create” their own luck.
One of the more profound aspects of the study was an experiment simply to see how much paying attention and keeping an open mind have on “luck”:
“I gave lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to tell me how many photos were inside. On average, unlucky people spent about two minutes on this exercise; lucky people spent seconds. Why? Because on the paper’s second page — in big type — was the message “Stop counting: There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” Lucky people tended to spot the message. Unlucky ones didn’t. I put a second one halfway through the paper: “Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250.” Again, the unlucky people missed it.
The lesson: Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they’re too busy looking for something else. Lucky people see what is there rather than just what they’re looking for.“
This experiment and several others mentioned in the article really had an impact on my thinking. Sometimes luck is just a matter of paying attention to the opportunities that surround you.
In researching the the author of this article, I found another piece he had done in Fast Company magazine (one of my all time favorites) that is a bit longer and more in-depth read.
Click HERE to read the short version if you are in a hurry
Click HERE to read the long version if you really want to understand how to create your own luck
After reading the article(s), I would love to hear your thoughts. Please post your comments below.
Do you consider yourself a lucky person or an unlucky one? Why?