Can you really make your own luck? This is a question that has always intrigued me. The closest I have come to an answer is: yes. I don’t know how far our “charts” and “stars” affect the way our fortunes turn out, but I do know that Lady Luck smiles at those who play their cards right.
Here are some things I have learned about the art of being lucky. Luckily, these are all things we can do quite easily.
Meet more people. When you open yourself up to the possibility of meeting new people, you also open yourself up to new, rich possibilities. A small example: an out-of-job friend was fast becoming a sad loner. I coaxed him to join me for dinner at my place. One of my guests turned out to be a hotelier desperately in search of a Marketing Manager. They connected, and now my friend has a dream job. Luck, yes. But it took stepping out of his comfort zone and saying yes to a social evening.
Know that you are going to be lucky! It really works. As a child, I was good at playing a board game called Carrom. I was, in fact, school champion. One day, a classmate challenged me to a game. She wasn’t half as good as me, but throughout the game, kept asserting that she would win. She did! It made me believe that confidence really can turn the tables!
Work smart, not hard. This will help you stay more alive and alert to the world—and opportunities—that tread softly around you. If you are stuck in a cycle of boring 9 to 5 routine, hating what you do, take time to rethink, replan.
Always dress well, even if you are going for a short stroll in the nearby park. A well groomed look shows you care about yourself, and attracts people—and good luck—to you! On flights, well-dressed people are the ones who get upgraded. At the bank, they get attended to with more care. It’s just the way the world works. To join the “Luck Club,” dress like them!
Keep a glass-half-full attitude. Pessimists famously look at the locks and bolts, while optimists breeze through the open doors and windows they can readily spot!
Do good: I think this is the most important get-lucky tip I know. Of course, you shouldn’t do good solely with the secret expectation that it will fetch you fortunate results. Just do good, because you should, and because it feels good. Leave the rest to the goodness of the Universe.
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