Sunday, November 27, 2011

How To Be Lucky

I don't know about you, but I do believe in luck. I found this topic to be a bit fascinating because it has been the subject of debate between me and my mentor Ted. Ted, you see, does not believe in luck per se. I thought about writing on the topic when I came across this article by Will Edwards that talks more about it. Note that I'm not writing this to convince anyone to believe in luck or otherwise. You be the judge of it.

Let's take a closer look at what luck is, and then see if we can apply some principles in our own lives to improve the odds in any given situation.

According to Will, luck is the perfect marriage of opportunity with preparation. He goes on to say that Deepak Chopra eloquently stated this principle, and it can also be found in James Allen's classic As a Man Thinketh.

What is being said is that more often people think others are lucky but fail to see the trials, struggles and failures that these same individuals have put in and the sacrifices and efforts they willingly endured to make their vision a reality.

To me, what the statement purports is that you need to work hard and lay the groundwork for whatever you want to achieve. If you were to become successful later on, then it would mean that it took more than just "luck" to make it. So perhaps being in the right place at the right time takes a little more than luck?

Maybe so. One thing I do agree with is that you do need to work at something in order to achieve anything at all. But we cannot know what the future brings. And yes, although it is true that we cannot predict the events of the future, there are times when you can actually influence some of these events, if you know how.

Will gave some examples in his article. One of these is in a TV program called Deal or No Deal. I have watched some of these episodes when the franchise of the program was shown in our local TV. There are indeed some players who turn out to be more successful than others, winning as much as 2 million pesos. Well it would appear that sometimes it takes a little bit of skill and strategy in order to achieve good results.

It sometimes appears that fortune favors the brave, but this is not true according to Will. He states that fortune favors the prepared. You can achieve more out of your life if you are prepared to identify what your target is, determine what needs to be done, and then commit yourself to preparing for the opportunity.

If you want to be luckier in your life, understand the opportunities that come your way, craft a plan to improve your odds of winning, and then follow through and execute your plan. Well, knowing certainly is the first part. The rest then is up to you.

Do you want to be luckier? Then know how you can be lucky. ^_^