Some Guys Have All the Luck

Written on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 10:48 am by Ric
Filed under Lifestyle, Sharing Success.

“Some guys have all the luck,
Some guys have all the pain,
Some guys get all the breaks,
Some guys do nothing but complain.”

- Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart may have been complaining in this song, but he did get something right: some guys really do have all the luck, and some really do nothing but complain.

There are people who seem to have been born lucky.  They know what they want, set out to get it, and somehow, everything falls into place.  Even if something goes wrong along the way, they still manage to land on their feet.

Some people, on the other hand, who just can’t seem to catch a break.  These are the people who believe that someday their luck will turn, and that someday, the “lucky ones” will run out of luck too.  Some of them will simply blame the stars – they believe they’re fated to be unlucky, and they can’t do anything about it.

In a strange way, the unlucky ones are right, or so says Drawk Kwast.  In his article Science of Luck on Small Business CEO Magazine, he explains that “The biggest reason you don’t have the life you want is because you are focused on what you aren’t getting. You see only your lack of luck. Successful people live life as they desire because they focus on what they are getting.”

The unlucky ones are unlucky because they believe they’re unlucky.  Makes sense, right?

Drawk shares the results of a study conducted by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire.  In the study, he asked two groups of people, a “lucky” group and an “unlucky” one, to look through a newspaper and tell him how many photographs were in it.    On average, the lucky people had their answers in seconds, while the unlucky ones took two minutes.

Luck is about keeping your eyes open

The lucky ones saw a large message taking up half of the second page that said: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”  The unlucky ones totally missed it and kept counting.

The key, as Drawk puts it is this: “It’s not about luck. It’s about keeping your eyes open.”  He goes on to say that he’s among the lucky ones, “not that I have better luck than other people; it’s that I can see things that others can’t.”  Drawk can identify opportunities for growth and success that many others can’t, and he also interacts with as many people as possible to create those opportunities.

Luck is about extending your hand

This idea is shared by other lucky people.  One of them is Tom McCarthy, whom I interviewed a few months back for a NOBS TALK on Increasing Your Luck.  Tom explains: “One of the things lucky people do that unlucky people tend not to do is they maximize the number of opportunities that come to them.”  By being outgoing, by introducing yourself to others, and by expanding your network, you create opportunities for yourself, and improve your luck.

Luck is about listening to your gut

Tom also shares that lucky people listen to their “lucky hunches,” while unlucky ones go against them.  If that doesn’t quite make sense, replace “lucky hunches” with gut or intuition.  You improve your luck by following your gut – it might not get it 100% right, but more often than not, your intuition will steer you in the right direction, and you’ll be happier for it.

Luck is about keeping a smile on your face

This brings us two the idea that lucky people are happier.  The idea seems so obvious – if things just seem to fall in place for you, of course you’ll be happy about that.  What most people don’t see, however, is that it works when you flip things around – happy people are luckier too.

J.D. Roth discusses this on Zen Habits in his article How to Make the Most Out of Luck in Your Career and Life.  “A person who leads a balanced life is happier, more relaxed, more open to new experiences,” J.D. Explains.  “If you maintain good relationships, pursue satisfying hobbies, go out of your way to help others, and continue to pursue personal growth, you will become a well-rounded person, just the sort that ‘luck’ favors.”

Michael Levy also discusses this briefly in his article The Five Principles for Prosperity. The first principle he shares is to Enjoy Everything.  Enthusiasm and exploration, he says, “leave the door open for future development.”

Drawk Kwast really sums it up well: “This has nothing to do with luck. It’s pure science.”  Luck is all about your attitude and your outlook.  It’s about opening your eyes, creating opportunities, following your gut, and maintaining a positive attitude.  The question now is this:

Will you create your own luck, or will you be one of those who do nothing but complain?

Good luck!

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