These Are the 8 Habits of Highly Lucky People
Why optimism and flexibility are vital to success in anything.
Posted Jan 26, 2016
I co-wrote this post with my daughter Josiana (aka Shoshana) Farber, who is studying psychology at the University of Toronto.
Were you born under a lucky star? Does luck follow you around? Do others consider you a “lucky son of a ….?” In the movie, A Knight’s Tale, a young boy asks his impoverished father, “Can a man really change his stars?” The father answers affirmatively and many years later, that boy (now played by Heath Ledger) has become a successful jouster and knight.
So which is it: Are lucky people born that way, are they pre-ordained somehow, or do they make their own luck? Different cultures have put faith in a variety of lucky charms and symbols.
- Sailors: The albatross
- Chinese: Bamboo
- Thai: White elephant
- Japanese: Maneki-Neko
- Irish: Four-leaf clover
- English: Horseshoe
- Native Americans: Dreamcatcher
- Germans, Italians, Russians, Turks: Ladybug
- Americans: Rabbit’s foot
Do these symbols make a person lucky, or is there more to the story? Over the years, many people have considered me to be a lucky person. I don’t see it that way. While I have been successful in many ways, I believe it’s been more a matter of motivation, planning, inspired action, and a good amount of sweat. Rather than rubbing that rabbit’s foot (it wasn’t very lucky for the rabbit), here are eight practical ways to change your luck:
1. Be Mindful.
Mindfulness is being non-judgmentally alert and aware of what’s going on around you as well as inside you—how you’re thinking and feeling. Mindfulness occurs on a moment-by-moment basis. When you are operating mindlessly, on auto-pilot, you are unlikely to observe opportunities or take advantage of a situation. One important key to happiness, and a key factor in becoming lucky, is developing a mindfulness mindset. How will you find that $10 bill caught in the sewer grate, or know whether to throw down rock when your opponent has a clear predilection for scissors, if you don’t have a keen sense of situational awareness?
2. Be proactive.
“Lucky” people make things happen. They are proactive rather than reactive. They make their future. And when you can take responsibility for your words, actions, and behavior, you have more control of your destiny. There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what just happened. Yes, you might get lucky and a $100 bill might fly in through your window while you’re sitting on the couch, but your luck of finding some money on the street would improve if you were outside walking in the first place. A colleague may appear to be lucky when she tells you that she got eight new clients today; until you find out that she started working two hours before you and skipped her lunch break. She also took that online course on “completing the sale” that you thought wouldn’t be worth it.
3. Be opportunistic.
Successful people are opportunists. They have the ability to take advantage of novel and often concealed opportunities when they arise. Many people are blind to opportunities because they don’t notice them or because they are inflexible and stuck in their ways. People who practice opportunism see opportunities all around them and are able to use them to their advantage. Being an opportunist involves being mindfully aware; being flexible enough to change your original plans; and being open-minded enough to take advantage of these new opportunities. We often think of people who have traveled extensively throughout the world as being “lucky.” The truth is that most people have had many opportunities to travel at different times in their lives, yet have not taken advantage of them. They may have felt like they didn’t have the money, needed to work, wanted to start their career, or didn’t want to leave family or friends behind. While there were many possible reasons at the time for not going, years later these reveal themselves as mere excuses for not taking advantage of opportunities.
4. Be insightful.
There are two types of knowledge—explicit and implicit (or tacit). Explicit knowledge is the kind people gain from reading books and going to school—factual stuff. Implicit knowledge is what we achieve through observing and experiencing—things you really can’t teach. Both types of knowledge are important to help guide decisions or choose particular pathways. A hunch may be an uninformed guess—worth as much as flipping a coin—or it may be based on in-depth explicit and implicit knowledge—and insight! We all have insight to varying degrees, yet some are better than others at being open to hearing those inner voices. Making use of this knowledge depends on your ability to access this information and trust in yourself. Having insight involves integrating explicit and implicit knowledge with an understanding of social situations and emotions, both yours and others’. Insightful people have higher emotional and social intelligence—being able to “read” people and understand unspoken issues in a social situation. Lucky people seek knowledge and experiences and make the best use of their insight.
5. Be flexible.
Life is dynamic—always changing. Heraclitus said, “You can’t step in the same river twice.” The truth is that you can’t even step in the same river once, because even as you step in, it is changing. Appreciating the dynamics of life and being able to go with the flow provides enormous advantages to finding new ways of doing things or getting places or creating opportunities. Lucky people are flexible and take advantage of new situations. I’m flying Milwaukee to Hawaii via Chicago. There are huge storms in Milwaukee that temporarily close the airport. Even though our bags have been checked in, the airline offers to bus us into Chicago instead of flying. We decide to go on the bus. Some of our friends would rather take their chances with the airline since they are already comfortably located in the airport. We arrive in Chicago and then catch our flight to Hawaii. Our friends end up stuck in Milwaukee and don’t make it into Hawaii until the next day—when they arrive and exclaim, “Boy, were you lucky to get here yesterday!”
The optimist believes that this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist is afraid that this might be true! I stop at a restaurant with my friend. He complains, “Look at this cup of coffee, it’s half-empty!” I respond, “Oh, that’s too bad, they gave me one that is half-full.” We both received the same amount of coffee. But I certainly sound like the lucky one. Luck isn’t limited to objective findings; one person’s poison is another’s cure. In other words, if an optimist and a pessimist both win the same prize in a lottery, only the optimist will appear to be lucky. Optimism helps you see the advantages in any given situation. Lucky people with an optimistic outlook are better able to identify the silver lining in any given situation.
7. Think out of the box.
It’s not enough to be flexible and to accept changes as they occur. To truly enhance your ability to be lucky, take advantage of alterations in your schedule and changes in your plans. Lucky people think out-of-the-box. A hiker is isolated in the wilderness for days with his arm stuck between two rocks. Another day and he’ll die without food and water. He makes it out alive by cutting off his own arm to free himself. Was he lucky? A pessimist might say that he wasn’t—he lost his arm. An optimist would say that he was—most people would have died in that situation. How did he become lucky? Out-of-the-box thinking. It isn’t always painful; often it involves looking for loopholes and looking at situations from multiple perspectives. Two companies are competing with similar products. The one that thinks out-of-the-box with an innovative redesign or a novel marketing strategy is the one who will appear to be lucky.
8. Be resilient.
Transform limiting problems into motivating challenges. Take advantage of new situations. Several of history’s most famous inventors found out thousands of ways to not do something before they finally figured out something that worked. Were they lucky? Most people would think so. Obviously, these individuals were very bright—but there are a lot of bright people in the world. What made these people different was their resilience—the fortitude to continue to pursue their dreams, goals, and aspirations in the face of adversity. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” There are splatters and bouncers. Splatterers crush when they fall, while bouncers are resilient. Be a bouncer!What do lucky people do differently?
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0-15% – Ok, stay home and hide in your bed. Today are most likely gonna be a bad day!
16-30% – Some small hope and a strim of light, but you do best in not taking any kind of risks today.
31-45% – It’s just one of those days when you wished you did stay home and never went out of bed.
46-60% – You are being able to enjoying the sweetness of your life today. But it’s most likely bitter/sweet.
61-75% – It is good being you today. Forcast of lucky winds blowing your way. Enjoy the day.
76-90% – You are just being very lucky today. Time to get lottery tickets of any sort.
91-100% – This is a day to really enjoy! You are glowing and you have a perfect day ahead of you!
How your luck percentage can be calculated from Venus’ position?
The Planet Venus rules over more than one aspect of your life. Of course, Venus is known as the planet of love and romance. Looking into Venus’ position gives answer to questions such as: Am I going to meet a new lover soon? Is my relationship set up to last? Venus influence combines the financial and health side with the romantic. As a result, it gives a great indication about your luck at the moment.
How your luck percentage can be calculated from the Moon’s position?
The influence of the moon on people’s behavior has been called the lunar effect. There’s no better explanation than a scientific one for that phenomenon: There have been very serious studies and the following data shows that the Moon influences our behavior without a doubt!
– 11,613 cases of aggravated assault in a 5-year period: assaults occurred more often around the full moon.
– 34,318 crimes in a 1-year period: crimes occurred more frequently during the full moon.
– 18,495 records from patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital in an 11-year period: admissions for psychosis were highest during the new moon and lowest during the full moon.
– 25,568 psychiatric emergency room visits in a 13-year period: visits increased near the first quarter moon and a decreased around the new moon and full moon.
– 841 cases of “self-poisonings” in a 4-year period: self-poisonings did occur more often on the day of the full moon.
– 1,621 patients over 3 year period who were bitten by either a cat, rat, horse or dog: the incidence of animal bites was significantly higher around the full moon.
Luck – The inner meaning
L.U.C.K a four alphabet word, but has so much to do with. Have you ever thought what luck is? Where did it come from? Who invented it? Or probably first discovered it? This four alphabet word is associated with all of us, no matter we are poor dad or rich dad, I mean no matter whether we are rich or poor, we are a religious guru or a politicians, a film start or a sportsman, luck is with all, it follows you, be with you, helps you, brings in challenges for you.
Let us today understand on what this LUCK is all about. So that we know a little more about what every one of us have but we do not realise it. Let us first before any or all things to be understood, understand the meaning of luck. Luck is defined as an unpredictable and purposeless phenomenon which occurs to give favourable or unfavourable conditions to a group of person or to an individual. So in other words luck is a chance which gives force to good or bad things that might happen without any extra force or beyond anyone’s control. Even in many verses of the BIBLE, luck is defined and is so defined as the will of GOD. Yes, the bible defines luck as the will of GOD, and what GOD wants to do with us.
In 2 chronicles 18:33 it is defined clearly on how God wills acts to bring upon death to King Ahab. In another verse Ruth 2:3 of the bible it defines on how a widow is helped by a person when she was frustrated and dying to live a life and support her widow mother. Not only in the old testament but also in the new testament luck is defined as God’s will which can be active or passive, but is after all God’s will which HE controls and HE wants to happen with a group of people or to an individual is defined as luck. Hence we can also say that luck is a chance made by GOD for a group of people or for an individual which can bring in good or bad for a person.
We have heard lot of people saying that they are lucky and on the other hand we have also heard lot of people saying that they are unlucky. Let us now see why people say they are lucky or unlucky. In a random test taken by few well known authors who defined luck, it was found that a set of people who considered them lucky were more upfront, had eye contact while communicating, had a smile in their face always, were more out spoken and lively, met lot of people and interacted by almost all whom they met. Wherein it was a complete vice versa with those who considered themselves to be unlucky. Looking into this perspective we can sum up that it is the positive energy that makes people feel lucky than those who feel unlucky.
So to conclude we understand that luck is nothing but a chance given to us by GOD himself which might give us good results or bad results, provided we also find that the good result of luck comes to people who have positive aura and that the bad result comes to people who have got negative aura around them. Hence if we want to be lucky like the lots who consider them to be lucky, then all we need to have faith and keep our aura positive and clean. Do well to others, be good to one, think good things and we will see that even GOD thinks the good for us and thus good and lucky things happen to us. Following all this will give us a better chance of being lucky.
Now when we all know of what luck is, and how to be lucky, let us follow the steps in our daily life to be lucky, to make sure that luck is always in our favour. Be positive be lucky is the goal to be lucky. Be luck with you.Am i lucky today SIGN UP TODAY AND GET ALL THE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE! COMPARE YOUR DAILY RESULTS 0-15% – Ok, stay home and hide in your bed. Today are most likely gonna be a bad day! ]]>