Getting Lucky - Some Tips
The following tips on getting lucky apply to any area of life
where you need a bit of luck. Consider this the ultra-short version
of Secrets of Lucky People (with about two-thirds of the important
principles left out).
How do you gain courage? Not by waiting for it to happen.
You do what you need to do despite the fear, and then acting
in the face of fear becomes habit. Have courage and luck is much
Be in the Right Place
If you want to be on stage, try New York. If you want to be
the best mountain climber, move to a state with mountains. People
say "he was just in the right place at the right time"to
explain luck, but you get to choose where you are, don't you?
How do you prepare for luck? By having certain key elements
arranged in your life, so you are ready to take advantage of
any opportunities that come up. After all, who gets lucky, the
guy who sees a Corvette worth $8,000 for sale for $3,000 but
is broke, or the guy who sees it and has money in the bank. Prepare.
Know the Right People
Don't complain that others get the breaks because they know
the right people. Just start getting to know the right people.
Train Your Mind
When is an opportunity not an opportunity? When you don't
see it! Consciously look for the opportunities in every situation
until your mind does this habitually.
Do the Work
We hear about overnight successes a lot, especially in the
performing arts. One day a band is unknown and the next month
they are famous. This story usually ignores the ten years of
small gigs and hard work that preceded their "overnight"
Ask For It
How do you get more of what you want? Ask for it! This is
most obvious in negotiating. Those who routinely ask for too
much usually get a better deal.
Finally, for those of you who thought this page might be about
getting lucky with the opposite sex, it is. You can apply any
and all of the above short lessons to this as well as any other
part of your life.