Feeling Lucky

  If you will it dude, it is no dream.

 If you will it dude, it is no dream.

I’ve been thinking a lot about luck lately. I think it’s probably pretty common for any entrepreneur to consider how luck will play into their success or failure. 

There are the things you can control (how many posts to put up a day, which Instagrams to post, quality and design of a product, etc) and then there are the complete intangibles. The lucky events, meetings, relationships that could really change things for the better.  

Or maybe not. 

I just came across this great piece via Fred Wilson’s blog about willing luck and how maybe there’s more to be lucky then, well, luck. 

I try not to subscribe too much energy to new age power of positive thinking type snake oil, but I refuse to write it off as well. I don’t think you can will cancer away or anything but, admittedly, some of the best chapters in my life happened while I was meditating frequently on positive outcomes. And I’ve seen over the years how certain friends of mine, those who really feel luck and create “self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations” succeed, while those who obsess over negative outcomes, get those.

In the Telegraph article, Richard Wiseman, who has been studying the lucky and unlucky for years says, “My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.” 


“Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.”

As it turns out, luck is a skill that can be learned. With a little work it turns out, we can all be lucky.