Sociologists estimate that the average person knows 300 people by name. Thinking about this, I probably know a whole lot more than that factoring in the different schools and camps I went to over the years, the communities I lived in, the activities I participated in and the people I have worked with throughout my life. I can’t say that I speak to all of them on a regular basis but I can say that I can get in touch with almost all of them if I need to.
Lucky people know more people by name and are in touch with more people than the average person. Just knowing more people and being in touch with them gives you exponential amounts of luckortunity since each person may bring you your lucky opportunity. Imagine looking for a job. For the average person, if they ask their network of people they know if anyone knows of any positions available, immediately, they have 300 times the chance of when they started looking for a job. Even better, each of the 300 people probably also know 300 people who may know of a job. That is 90,000 people that can help the average person find a job.
Increase your luckortunity by keeping up with your personal network. The closer you are to them, the closer you are to their networks and the luckortunity they can offer.
1) Friend all the people you know on Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn and any other social network that you are a part of. If you don’t have social network profiles and accounts, go create them.
2) Keep all of your profiles up to date including your current employment.
3) Send messages to your contacts
4) Call old friends from time to time. Try calling a different old friend each week.
5) Socialize and make new friends and contacts.
6) When going to a party or social event, mingle with different types of people each time.
7) Follow up with new friends and contacts by inviting them out for a coffee.
8) Throw a dinner party and invite people you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
The main thing is to take advantage of the contacts that you have instead of just accumulating names in your phone book.
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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