Unlucky people often think that they won’t gain anything from books, audio books, lectures or seminars. Although they often know about the subject, in my experience, there is always something new that they can learn.
Truth be told, a person can learn new things from a single lecture or book each time he hears or reads it. Even on the fifth time around, there is still new information that can be picked up and learned.
Studies have shown that the average person only retains three concepts from any book that they read. That means that if you read a book with 30 chapters, you will only really retain 10% of the information, if that at all. If a person would read the book again, they would pick up and retain more concepts. It is sometimes beneficial to read books several times over to make sure that you gain the maximum amount from the book.
The average book has multiple chapters and the average chapter has multiple points and sub points. The unlucky person will read a book once and think that they absorbed the entire book. They would feel that reading the book over again is pointless.
The point I am making is not to read every book and go to every lecture multiple times. The point is that a lucky person understands this and knows how to maximize his time. If he feels that reading the book a second time, he will read it a second time. The unlucky person would not even consider it.
Part of being lucky is knowing how to maximize your time. Nobody has time to do everything; the trick is to learn how to do as much as possible. If your choice is to reread a book that has valuable information in it or watch a tv show, choosing the tv show would be the unlucky choice.
I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".
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