Why Some People Seem to Have All The Luck

Why do some people have all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve?

I set out to examine luck, 10 years ago. Why are some people always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune? I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me.

Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and over the years, have been interviewed by me. I have monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments. The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune. Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.

I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying: ‘Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $50’.

This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.

As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss other types of jobs.

Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

I wondered towards the end of the work, whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person. Dramatic results! These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck. One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80 per cent of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.

The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky. Finally, i had found the elusive ‘luck factor’. Here are four top tips for becoming lucky:

1) Listen to your gut instincts – they are normally right.
2) Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine.
3) Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well.
4) Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.

Have a Lucky day and work for it.

The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.

Author – Richard Wiseman

The author of `The Luck Factor’ teaches at the University of Hertfordshire.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dee..
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:24:58

    Controversial topic :0 well handled !
    i personally believe on LUCK and FORTUNE and all other synonyms of it :)
    just like pointing fingers at ” 2+2=4 “… one 2 is Hard work and another 2 is LUCK :D :D


  2. malinymohan
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 12:30:51

    your insights are enlightening indeed . . . i too agree to the point that unlucky people are apprehensive . . i look back at the times wen i faltered and the one thing i curse more often than not is my anxiety . . well written . . those tips would do me good :)


  3. purplechronicle
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 12:57:36

    I agree … it’s the vibe you create around yourself that actually hits you back. And yeah.. one needs to be open in mind and spirit as well.. so beautifully written

    Glad to have found you at Indiblogger. Your newest follower and a regular visitor now.


  4. Abhinav
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 16:21:15

    Our attitude also plays a major role everywhere, in our good luck and bad luck…..

    That was really a great experiment.

    Handled the topic very well….. Nice.


  5. writingfeemail
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 17:04:32

    I subscribe to the adage that luck is when being prepared meets an opportunity. Some people may seem to have all of the luck, but they work hard to get it! Nice piece.


  6. Maxi Malone
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 18:33:37

    So much truth in your words, Varun. I have a saying: Nurture the positive and life/love will grow; feed the negative and it will destroy.

    It is who we are that determines our path…

    Blessings – Maxi


  7. Nandini
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 18:51:06

    Wow. That really is a great article. Thanks for sharing! :)


  8. Komal
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 21:08:10

    I have no qualms in admitting that i happen to be one of the those categories of people who is always at the ‘right time at the right place’,so far considering my very limited life experiences and incidents .And after reading this,i realized i have the points mentioned above inculcated in my attitude.So may be thats the reason i find myself always to be LUCKY!!! :)..Its an article that makes you think..


  9. alka narula
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 21:10:08

    while going through the post i visualised myself reacting in various situations you have written about and realised most of what you have mentioned is correct,thanks for sharing…it was an eye opener read for me.


  10. debajyoti
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 12:52:34

    nice write up. totally agree that anxiety can be a hindrance for some people to notice opportunities :)


  11. subhorup
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 15:34:50

    Very encouraging and helpful post, especially for students of intent/manifestation and cause/effect. Most of us end up limiting our success even before we give things a try thanks to our negative self talk.


  12. Cynosure
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 16:11:19

    hmmm…its a never ending debatable topic which has been beautifully presented by u…
    nice post… :)


  13. Addie
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 00:27:46

    “They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends.” Har! How did you know this about me?!?

    Funny but I was just asking myself this question: How come some people just get things in life?

    Then I read this.


  14. Azeez Meeran
    May 16, 2012 @ 13:44:55

    Excellent …. LUCK is preparation meeting the opportunity…. you handle it cleanly…


  15. asim
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 01:43:01

    I am always positive with every1 friends, neighbours, strangers,i am open minded and try share experience, financial carrying,support.. i dont know why people betry me… any one can help me why it always happen to whom i like and wish i dont get ..


    Jul 18, 2012 @ 08:21:20

    why does GOD make so many people out there VERY LUCKY to have a love life, and people like us that want it as much too, but can’t find love at all?. i am a STRAIGHT MAN that certainly BLAMES GOD for this, because i did not do anything WRONG for this to happen to me. it is very unfair for us men that had hoped to have met the right woman from the very beginning, and have a family that i always wanted to have. i was married at one time, but my wife at the time who i loved VERY MUCH at the time CHEATED on me. this really upset me a lot, and now that i go out i seem to meet the VERY NASTY WOMEN with their rotten ATTITUDE PROBLEM as well. it is VERY SAD that there are so many DYSFUNCTIONAL WOMEN today, adding to the problem. i feel as if GOD is punishing me, and i do not know why. all i want is to have a LOVE LIFE AGAIN, like i thought i would have had if she had not cheated on me. the men and women today that were very lucky enough to have met each other and have a FAMILY, should go to CHURCH to pray and thank GOD very much for having a life, that many of us men do not have now. now that there are so many LESBIANS today, that certainly adds to the problem. at least for what i am ASKING FOR is normal. now that i am alone and single again, i will go out EVERY SINGLE NIGHT just not to be home BY MYSELF, since i have no one to STAY HOME TO. now i just go out and hope for the BEST.


  17. john
    Apr 26, 2015 @ 18:58:20

    first off I think its ironic and lame that people talk about “putting good vibes” out and some karmic force will make the negative into positive. NOT TRUE. the problem with unlucky vs lucky is very simple and lame. Life and love and good things go to “beautiful people” who are attractive and thus very sociable as people tend to treat them nicely. here is an example of what I mean. an unattractive man confidently walks into a barber shop. he smiles at the barber and says “may I get a haircut” the barber looks at him doesn’t say a word and just points at the seat. haircut is over the man pays and he enthusiastically walks out and asks a woman he fancies to go to movies. she says no. (by the way she is successful and beautiful by the worlds standards) so he goes off and doesn’t let his confidence waiver. he walks through the mall and goes to the shoe store where he gets a nice pair of shoes and zero deal for the shoes. he gets them for 60 dollars. leaves the mall goes home and says. well I look good(but not according to the world) and im alone. what am I doing wrong? he feels unlucky, treated as a nobody(barber shop) and just powerless. now here is the so called “lucky” guy. a man walks out of his house and he is goodlooking by the worlds standards. he walks into the barber shop and is GREETED!!! by the barber ” hello sir what can I do for YOU today!!” the man says just a nice haircut please ” YES SIR YES SIR!! he pays for his haircut and the barber hands him a complimentary card and a peppermint and says “I hope u have a wonderful day!” the man leaves the barber and sees the same successful and beautiful woman that “unattractive” man saw and he puts the peppermint in his mounth and he confidently asks her to go see a movie. she smiles all smitten and stunned by his goodlooks and immediately makes plans to go to the movies with him like he offered. he says good day and is exstatic an happy but NOT SURPRISED because EVERYONE TREATS HIM NICE!!!. so he jollily walks into the shoe store and the he goes for a pair of 60 dollar shoes (same as unattractive man got) and the shoe lady pleasantly walks up to him and makes conversation starting with ” you know we have a deal today for half off” and the goodlooking guy says “really!!” and so she bags his shoes gives him a beautiful smile and wishes him a good day. he walks home and closes the door and says ” man I feel like the luckiest guy in the world” now do u see the difference between “lucky” and “unlucky” it isn’t luck its the fucked up basis of why we either treat people right and do good or why we don’t L O O K S!!!


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