Wednesday, December 24, 2003

How to Get Lucky

This fascinating article, with the studies supporting it, confirms what I’ve long thought to be true about luck: that it’s not really luck at all. Lucky people display specific behaviors and attitudes that make them more likely to spot opportunities and find ways to turn bad outcomes into good ones. Unlucky people’s greater anxiety causes them to miss such opportunities, and their low expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies. Moreover, as one of the author’s experiments shows, there are things that unlucky people can do to make themselves lucky. (Thanks to Tyler for the pointer.)

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