Everyone knows the famous advice “if life throws you lemons, make lemonade”, meaning take whatever bad life throws your way and turn it into something good and sweet. This advice is something that a lucky person would live by. The lucky person would always look for the good in any situation. Professor Wiseman discovered in his experiments on luck that lucky people and unlucky people look at life and specific incidents very differently. In a car crash, an unlucky person would say “oh %#%$, I can’t believe this happened to me, I have the worst luck”. The lucky person would say “I can’t believe how lucky I am to be alive after that crash, it’s a good thing no one was badly hurt”. This same thinking is used over and over again with lucky and unlucky people.
Optimistic thinking can lead to luckortunity in infinite situations. A lucky person will go to new places because he says “you never know what you are going to see or who you will meet. The unlucky person says “why should I go there? It is always the same people”. The lucky person looks for good things in his day and focuses on the good and new. The unlucky person just keeps thinking “S.S.D.D.” (same crap, different day).
When it comes to going to a party, an unlucky person will go, wanting to meet the love of his life while the lucky person will go to have a good time. The chances of meeting the love of your life at a single party are quite slim but the chances of having a good time are pretty good. If you go to have a good time you are open to meeting the love of your life, a new friend, a business partner and so many other people. When you go for a specific purpose such as finding the love of your life, you close yourself off from everything else and put on your blinders and therefore miss out on any luckortunity that is waiting for you.
In business, an unlucky person will fail and give up because he “just can’t do it” but a lucky person will say “ok, that didn’t work” and he will continue working to see what will work. An optimistic attitude can take you a long way. It can raise your spirits and give you the extra push whenever you need it. Being a pessimist will discourage you from trying new things and crush you if anything doesn’t work out because, after all, you didn’t expect it to in the first place. That can also lead to you not trying as hard and failing on purpose just to prove that you were right. The lucky person just keeps going because he always sees the glass half full and the light at the end of the tunnel.
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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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