Examining luck

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Why some people are lucky while other are not? Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, defines “the four basic principles that lucky people use to create good fortune in their lives”:

Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities
Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches
Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune
Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good

In brief, lucky people consistently encounter “seemingly chance opportunities”, whereas “unlucky people do not”. Lucky people are “more relaxed and open to what’s going on around them”. They’re “not focused on a single task, blocking out everything else so much that they miss something important and unexpected”. On the contrary, unlucky people are too focused on what they consider as their main goal and often miss unexpected opportunities which open up.

A psychologist has performed “a simple experiment”.

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 £250.” 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.

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