Why do some people seem to have all the luck? Psychologist Richard Wiseman has been researching this question for most of his career and uncovered some surprising results.
By interviewing over 400 self-described lucky and unlucky people, Wiseman's research indicates that luck isn't "just luck"; it's a mindset. Lucky people encounter and capitalize on chance opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. Here's why:
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.
Wiseman thinks of luck as a skill that can be cultivated, not something you either have or you don't. He describes three basic principles to generate good fortune: