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  • Tamar Balkin

Why Do Some People Have All The Luck?

It is extremely frustrating in life to look around and believe that everyone else seems to have all the luck. Lucky experiences can have the most dramatic – and hopefully - positive influence in our lives. Is there a secret to being lucky? Perhaps its just karma or just coincidence that results in lucky people always being ‘in the right place at the right time’? A British psychologist called Richard Wiseman decided to study lucky people with the hope of helping people become luckier. He researched over 400 people of different ages who described themselves as either lucky or unlucky and found that there is a secret to being lucky. In fact, lucky people - without even knowing it - think and behave in ways that create good fortune in their lives. Firstly, lucky people are good at ensuring there is variety and randomness in their lives. For example: once a week they buy their morning coffee in a different café, or they take the ferry not the bus (you would be pleasantly surprised by the networking that goes on from Rose Bay to Circular Quay at 7:15 am). These new and random experiences increase the chances of having new opportunities. Secondly, lucky people are also better at spotting and acting on chance opportunities. The lucky person tends to be more relaxed and thus will see what possibilities are really there rather than just the ones they are looking for. Conversely, when unlucky people go to an event with, for example, the aim of finding new clients, they miss out on meeting people who could have become close friends or potential business partners. Finally, lucky people tend to research the facts but follow their intuition when making a choice. They know that they have a warehouse full of knowledge and experiences that they have amassed over time and they trust that their brains are designed to look for patterns that inform useful decision-making. In addition, lucky people allow themselves to get excited and to take the action necessary to make things happen. The good news is that we can all learn to be lucky. So, increase the variety in your life; be open to new things; be inspired and take advantage of any new opportunity that comes your way. Good Luck!

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