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25 February 2010 @ 03:59 pm
Do you feel lucky, punk?

I've long thought that luck and fortune are linked to attitude and choice, and now there's some research that supports this theory. I don't really know how good the research is, but I'm fascinated, anyway.
I'm feeling: chipperlucky
veek on February 25th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
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porpurina: science is my bitchbloodstones on February 25th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I heard about this earlier this week and was also curious about how good the research is - I haven't actually read any of the articles yet, but there are pdfs of some of his papers here.

Edited at 2010-02-25 10:01 pm (UTC)
harimad on February 25th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
If the author accurately represents the research, then I conclude that
1) people who consider themselves lucky are open to serendipity and
2) some of it is attitude about what one encounters, rather than the encounters themselves.

I consider myself open to serendipity; I do not consider myself lucky. Rather, I think people make their own luck (to a large extent) - in other words, fortune favors the prepared.
lazyz: papasanlazyz on February 26th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
We've had a very lucky day today! Now off to dine at the Blue Lion to celebrate. Wish you were here.
maebethmaebeth on February 26th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, this mostly annoys me. I read the article to conclude that people who trust that an ad tells them the number of ads in a paper are luckier than people who count the ads themselves? And then, how are the three things he teaches related to his research? Sounds like he just believes those three things and used his research to find people to teach what he believes are good life skills.

And, I think most of my luck and fortune are due to privilege and hard work, not due to luck, or even a positive outlook. But maybe I just have a bad attitude.
born from jets!!!: brainscatness on February 26th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
I have to admit this rubs me the wrong way, too. It sort of blames people who don't get certain privilege for not *making* it.

Fun story: A million years ago, my then-fiancee told me that he was worried about making a life with me because I had such bad luck, and he had such good luck. He was worried that my bad luck would rub off on him and sour his path through life. (Thank goodness I spared him the negativity.) FWIW, he considered things like having a psycho family and not being well-off (because I was an emancipated minor working as a waitress after school) to be things that were unlucky. And the fact that his family owned multiple properties and businesses and employed him at all of them even though he didn't need to work to be good luck examples.

Yeah, that's really what it boils down to for me, my history of people (not just the ex-f) equating luck with privilege. And being consistently denied opportunities that I have seen and been positioned well for, because I didn't have the right privilege to get them. (Why, hello bile!!!)
the man who sailed around his soul: Me - Gazingtcb on February 26th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
I've long thought that luck and fortune are linked to attitude and choice


I've had any number of people claim that I'm "lucky" for having so many things go so easily right in the last few years. I honestly think luck has very little to do with it. Arguably, beyond the luck of the right genes coming together, and being born into a third-world country, I can attribute every success to one of mindset and work. What ends up being surprising I've found is that it feels like 70-80% mindset. Being willing to push your boundaries, being open to new experiences, trying to learn as much as you can, being outgoing and engaging people, and perhaps most importantly, for me, living life as if you are already living the life you want.

Am I the best most respected travel writer and photographer out there? Not by any means. I can't even get another pitch accepted by a magazine because I'm not established enough. But by living my life and looking for opportunities that create the space for me to grow into it, I do.
Deloresdebsquared on February 26th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
The example in the article suggests that "luck" is really just a better harmony between left & right brain thinking. I say this because "logic" would indicate a narrow view is the most efficient way to accomplish a task, whereas a more open view can take longer but reveal additional opportunities, aka "luck."

Douglas Pink's A Whole New Mind lists out six ways that this happens (courtesy of wikipedia)--

Six essential senses:

1.Design - Moving beyond function to engage the sense.
2.Story - Narrative added to products and services - not just argument. Best of the six senses.
3.Symphony - Adding invention and big picture thinking (not just detail focus).
4.Empathy - Going beyond logic and engaging emotion and intuition.
5.Play - Bringing humor and light-heartedness to business and products.
6.Meaning - the purpose is the journey, give meaning to life from inside yourself.