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Do You Make Your Own Luck?

  •  Posted on Mar 20, 2012  by  | Comments are off for this post.

Have you ever considered yourself lucky? Perhaps you have a lucky piece of clothing, a lucky way to start the day or a lucky charm; bracelets, rabbit’s feet, horse shoes etc.

Do you believe in luck at all? Perhaps you believe in fate, that we all have a path we’re destined to follow and nothing can change that; or maybe you believe in random chance and that we actually have very little control over what occurs.


Is luck random? Or do you make your own luck? Let’s face it there isn’t a science to luck, it’s unpredictable but there are a few tips to enhance your own luck.


Be humble – to create your own luck you need a bit of influence and many say that the best way to increase this is to be humble. Many perceive humility as a weakness, however contrary to that belief it can be your biggest strength. You can meet, interact and befriend more people by being interested in them than you can by trying to get people interested in you.


Maximise your chance opportunities – Yes there is an element of chance to all of our lives; at first glance this seems like it is not controllable. However, if you look again through how you reacted to past situations you will see that it is actually you who produced the outcome and enabled you to make your own luck. This could have been a chance meeting with someone you now call your friend or a good deed that didn’t go unrewarded, chance plays a role in much of everyday life – but it doesn’t control it.


Simply believe you are lucky – Much like having a positive attitude, thinking you’re lucky can lead to much the same effect. A recent study, found that those who believe they are lucky can create positive outcomes [1]. The study took two groups of people, one group believed they were lucky and the other believed they were unlucky. They were asked to count how many photos were in a newspaper presented to both groups. Those who considered themselves lucky returned with the answer quicker than the unlucky group; why? Because on the second page of the paper there was an advert saying “stop counting, there are 43 pictures in this paper” the results of the test concluded that – “Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.”


Are you making your own luck in the job seeking market? Like the great South African golfer Gary Player once said – “The harder I practise the luckier I get”.

If you find a job are you lucky or have you made your own luck through perseverance, effort and having the right attitude?