Luck is defined by Google dictionary as

noun /lək/

  • Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions
    • – it was just luck that the first kick went in
    • – this charm was supposed to bring good luck
  • Chance considered as a force that causes good or bad things to happen
    • – luck was with me
  • Something regarded as bringing about or portending good or bad things
    • – I don’t like Friday—it’s bad luck

It can effect every aspect of our lives, good luck as well as bad luck.

You can acknowledged that success in life, does depend on ones good fortune. That lucky break weather it be a job, business opportunity, partner etc. playes a important part on how successful we may become. The chance encounter with someone or some opportunity, starts in the mind and the belief systems that we have.

After reading a book by Tony Hsieh called Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose I was inspired by the way that  Hsieh had developed Zappos into a such as success story from the inside out. By improving the internal culture of a business, he believed that the rest of the business eg.  sales, revenues and customer satisfaction  will take care of itself. One if the important things that he mention was the fact that they chose their employees very carefully and assessed their potential employees not only based on their skills and aptitude but also put and huge weight on a canidates personal attitudes and culture fit.

So how does the Zappos  employee hiring process apply to luck? well one of the questions that Zappos ask their potential employees is “on a scale of one to ten how lucky do you think your have been in your life?”

Hsieh has explained that the reason for the question was derived from the work and scientific study conducted by Dr Richard Wiseman. Wiseman’s work was publish to contain scientific studies on the effects of luck on peoples lives and what distinctly made one person more lukier than another. In his findings Dr. Wiseman discovered that lucky people had four distinct traits or attributes that they were practising sub-conciously. Using these principles Dr. Wiseman was able to change the fortunes of some of the unlucky people in his study.

four principles Wiseman identifies  that underlie a life of good fortune are;

1. The belief that you are lucky. Lucky people create, notice and act upon chance opportunities. They also have a relaxed attitude to life.

2. Lucky people make success happen by drawing on their intuition and gut feelings.

3. One must expect good fortune, hold fast to this belief and persevere in attempting to achieve your goals.

4. Lucky people have a knack for transforming back luck into good luck.  Meaning that they always see the positive side to any bad situation and see it as feedback or how it could of been worse. 

The study shows that you do not need a good luck charm to change your fortures but it is your mind, the way you think and your attitude that determines your luck. Simple affirmations on luck and other methods can change your fortunes around as described in the book.


Here is the Video on Youtube;

To find out more about Dr. Richard Wiseman’s study please read his book The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles

What is luck and how to get good luck based on scientific research
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