What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

…. You’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?”

If you’re a movie buff, then you recognize those immortal words of Clint Eastwood from “Dirty Harry”.

It was a chilling sight…the sneering face of Eastwood staring down the barrel of a .44 Magnum, as the criminal pondered his choices (which ultimately would be the last thing he ever did).

But I bring this to mind because of a discussion Brian and I were just having about “being lucky.”

Have you ever known somebody who seems to have the best luck in the world?

It’s like everything they touch turns to gold. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s in their business affairs or their personal life, they just seem to have luck on their side all the time.

I can add myself to that list. Because I consider myself EXTREMELY lucky.

I’ve built an 8 figure business, married the woman of my dreams, and have 2 beautiful daughters who are healthy and happy.

And along the way, I’ve had lots of lucky breaks–things that just sort of “happened” which ultimately resulted in me becoming more successful.

Business and Success Coach Tom McCarthy knows all about luck, He’s been studying it for years and claims that there’s an actual science to being lucky.

We’ll tell you more about Tom’s findings later, but for right now I want to give you 3 things that have always helped me increase my luck:

1) Get Out There: I’ve found that luck stems mostly from opportunities, and the more you put yourself in front of others, the more opportunities you’ll have. So don’t be an extrovert. Meet new people. Shake their hands. Look them in the eye and find out more about them. This will increase your luck exponentially.

2) Go With Your Gut: I can’t count how many times I’ve made an important decision based on a gut feeling and it’s turned out to be the right one. You should be doing the same. Follow your instincts and go with what you feel is correct. More often than not, you’ll see your luck increase.

3) Grab The Silver Lining: The most successful people I know don’t wallow in their misery when their luck goes sour. They find the best in the situation and focus on that. And guess what? They always turn their fortunes completely around very quickly. You can do the same.

That’s a few of the strategies I use to bring better luck to my life. But what about you?

What is your definition of “luck”?

Is it mere coincidence, a supernatural happenstance, or something else entirely?

Why is it that some people seem to be lucky in everything while others have no luck at all?

And how can you change your luck from pitiful to prosperous?

I want to know how luck has affected your life, both personally and professionally.

Tell me your take on this subject, and why (or why not) it’s important to your success. Post your comments below and let’s see if we can uncover the mysteries of good fortune.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts…

To Higher Profits,


P.S. There’s LOTS of cool things happening here at Strategic Profits this summer, and the office is virtually buzzing with activity.

Some of these things you’ll be hearing about very soon, so keep an eye out for more emails and blog posts from me.

In the meantime, answer those 4 questions in the comments below and let’s hear what you have to say about the mystery of good luck.

39 thoughts on “What’s Luck Got To Do With It?”

  1. The harder I work the luckier I get.
    unknown quote.

    I’ve had the same experience on a golf course in Grapevine, Texas. It takes some time to cool off. I had a golf buddy really let the ranger have it and when we got in the pro asked him to never come back to that course…I doubt if he ever did. The business ideas that came from it make you wonder. I would never treat a customer like that but the golf business is different. They are swamped nearly every day and don’t need people who can’t be civil…so what to do. My choice would be to just skip a hole, give every body a par on that one and go on with the day. Fair enough for everyone. In our business we lean over backward to get customers and do everything we can to make them happy or give them their money back. Most businesses I do business with treat their customers the same way. Golfers are a breed apart. They are trying their best to play a good round and they don’t need a @#$%$, to tell them they should play faster…Jack Settles

  2. My Thoughts on Luck:

    Rich’s Question 1 – Is it mere coincidence, a supernatural happenstance, or something else entirely?

    There is a beautiful quote that says “coincidence is just God’s way of making things happen” but whatever your spiritual beliefs are I do think that their is something “mysterious” about luck. Whether that be something to do with the Universe, or The Secret or quantum physics there is definitely something beyond the physical involved.

    So how do you tap into that?

    Well I don’t think it is just about gazing at your navel for hours, meditating on what you want and trusting in the universe to provide for you. I think there is tremendous power in using that to focus your energy and attention on what it is you want but ultimately it is about taking action and doing something on the physical plane.

    I think what happens is that when you take action AND you combine it with the proper mental, spiritual and emotional mindset the quality of your efforts improves and you sort of glow both physically and metaphysically and ok metaphorically (boy a lot of -ally words there!)

    That glow is what attracts the opportunities, the people, the circumstances into your life

    Rich’s Question 2 – Why is it that some people seem to be lucky in everything while others have no luck at all?

    Well I think it is about those who have combined massive action (of the right and constructive sort) with the right mindset on every level.

    Take lots of action but still be screwed up inside and things might not work out as planned.

    Get yourself sorted out emotionally, spiritually and mentally but sit on the couch wishing for things to happen and you will feel good but will make no progress.

    Combine them both and then the magic happens.

    We all have the candle – we just need to light it and let it glow, then burn, then radiate.

    Rich’s Question 3 – And how can you change your luck from pitiful to prosperous?

    There is a scene in one of the Indiana Jones movies where Harrison Ford takes step of faith across a seemingly bottomless gorge with no apparant way across – we need to take that leap of faith because when we trust in ourselves, others will trust in us and things will seem to happen “by luck”.

    Supercharge your efforts with massive action and a focused positive mind set then “luckier” sets in.

    There is also the belief and confidence issues here but perhaps that is deviating just a little from the topic

    Rich’s Question 4 – I want to know how luck has affected your life, both personally and professionally.

    I am not so sure that “Luck” is the right term to use here Rich because when you see the success in others and you don’t have it for yourself then the term “luck” is used because I think there is a socially accepted stance that it is only something others can have.

    When you have taken that leap of faith and got going by doing stuff and focus your mind then things do happen – they appear out of the woodwork, opportunities arise from nowhere. I don’t see that as luck – I see that as an inevitability of the path I am treading – I don’t know where these opportunities or coincidences will come from, I just know that they are on their way and as long as I take each one in turn and not worry about the next then things happen.

    I can’t remember who said it but my favourite “luck” quote is this:

    “The harder I work….the Luckier I get”

    Keep up the great work Rich – Am looking forward to seeing where this is going

  3. Good points!

    I once saw a great breakdown of what LUCK means.

    It means:


    You gotta get out there and work hard and things will happen. Hence work, i.e “labor!”

    However, you need to know the strategy too! And that’s where “correct knowledge” comes into play

    You can work hard all day and all night but if you are doing the wrong thing then you will not succeed.

    The key is to have a driving desire to succeed, a burning will to work hard and to learn off those who have been there and done that.

    Remember LUCK – Labor Under Correct Knowledge

    Sean McPheat
    The Sales Jedi

  4. One of my favorite quotes about luck is that it’s opportunity meeting preparedness. The first time I saw this it was attributed to Mario Andreti.

    This got me to thinking. Are we really preparing ourselves for the opportunities? I think the answer lies in the incredibly powerful ability of our subconscious to sort events out and recognize those that will benefit us.

    The more work we do to focus our attention, create our vision, and move toward it, the more opportunities we recognize and capitallize on.

    To capitalize on the opportunities as they present themselves, we have to take some kind of action.
    While there are always random chance events that seem to appear out of nowhere, even the “lucky” lottery winner had to take some kind of action by entering he lottery in the first place.

    When we really look closely at what we want, really drill down on, we’re raising the level of awareness to those things that can help us. I often wonder how many lucky opportunities have been squandered because I wasn’t paying attention and missed them. This is the preparedness part of the quote above.

    Some of the luckiest situations I’ve had were those random chance conversations on an airplane or in a public venue where it turns out the guy you’re chatting with has something on knows someone who can help you or give you business. Rich is exactly right about stepping outside your comfort zone to extend a bit. The more comfortable you are at this, the greater the likelihood more lucky opportunities will present themselves.

  5. Hey, that’s a good point you made there – it really is the people who look on the bright side that get the success.

    I totally believe in the law of attraction (since I’ve attracted so many cool things into my life!), and I’ve posted on my blog about it just yesterday (http://www.phatmarketing.net/blog/2009/07/the-fatal-flaw-i-made/).

    I believe you do create your own luck and circumstance by the way you look at things, and the way you feel about them.

    Great post, Rich!

    Tony (UK)

  6. I like and agree with the comments about luck/success so far… another way of putting it is a combination of intention (knowing what you want) and awareness (realizing an opportunity when it comes your way). And then, of course, acting on it.

    Here’s the thing,… I have, in a bit over 40 years on the planet, succeeded at most of the major things I have set out to do. I’ve had a few spectacular failures, I mean learning experiences, too! So far, so good. I guess I’ve been pretty lucky. Only until the last couple years, making money hasn’t been a huge priority. Enough to live on, sure, but my needs and desires were relatively modest.

    Fast forward to today, a few attempts at supplemental internet businesses later, and I don’t feel so lucky. I have a day job, family to support and take care of, household to run, and a need for greater income. My free time is nonexistent, but wrung from other moments and I’m pretty good at harnessing it, but — I’m not in the world of commerce, or going golfing or boating with people with connections or otherwise in the path of the kind of money-making opportunities I read about many of you guys undertaking.

    So how do you turn “luck” around, even for those of us who have had it before? How do you successful folks juggle all your responsibilities now that you are, perhaps, not young and unfettered anymore? I don’t want to believe it’s a gender thing, but Rich, Yanik, Michael (Masterson), Jim (Cockrum), John (Thornhill) are all folks I admire and have read/get newsletters from… yet I haven’t managed to find my niche.

    Want to hear what people think… TIA for your constructive conversation.

  7. Rich,

    Since you askes, I’ve got very definite feelings about making our own luck that I’d like to share with you and your readers.

    My site is devoted to teaching people how to invest successfully (for which I receive no compensation other than my personal satisfaction), and I believe a true appreciation of what “luck” really is can help them understand why investing properly has nothing at all to do with “luck.”

    Ellis Traub

  8. You do not sit back and wait for luck. You have to work for it and nurture it in five areas, physically, affectionately, intellectually, socially and spiritually. You will find luck in what you do if you do it with passion and commitment. You have to develop physically (healthcare, your looks etc), you have to be affectionate with you spouse and children with you are married. You have to develop your mental capabilities by many ways such studying, reading etc. You have to socialise meet new people and new apportunities. Last but not least you have to grow spiritually because, faith in god gives meaning and purpose to human life. Just like a baby needs mothers milk, a persons needs spiritual growth by reading the bible and sharing in chistrian activities.

    In short you have to make it happen, if you want luck and you have to do the right things.



    • Hi Protasio,

      I agree with your mind set. By educating ourselves to always see positive aspects in any tough situations, attracts positive energy as a magnet.

      My personal conviction is that luck is a consequence of a positive way of thinking or positive attitude (as sharing or being helpful), not a fact by itself. As Napoleon Hill said, you can make your dream alive if you think in your heart and soul that it has already occured. Events will happen to occur in your life to make it possible as if by magic (or luck).

      What do you think of that Rich ? Are you really surprised by your success ? Didn’t you dream it intensely on a regular basis as if it was real ?
      I’m really curious to hear you about what are your first thoughts when you wake up, and your last thoughts before sleeping. I’m convinced that could be a great lesson for all of us !


  9. It is so interesting that you should post this entry on luck…at a very recent family gathering the adults were discussing luck and the hows and whys of it. Our conversation was much like your post in terms of content.

    My husband and I continued the discussion later that night with our 8 year old and 12 year old daughters. We asked them who was the luckiest person they knew. My 8-year old thought for a second and blurted out, “me!” And it is true. She is the luckiest person we all know. She expects to be lucky in everything she does…she regularly beats everyone in the family in every game we play and not just kid games, games that require strategy, like cribbage, backgammon and poker. She is always the one with the highest winnings at holidays from scratch-off lottery tickets. She finds money regularly on the street, in old pockets, etc. She expects good things to happen to her.

    This really made me think about ‘luck’ and what it really means. I went to Websters and found this definition, 1 a: a force that brings good fortune or adversity.

    This made me think that the force that was bringing my daughter good luck was her belief that she is lucky. I think luck is like God. You either believe in it or you don’t. If you believe you are lucky, than you are. If you don’t believe your are lucky, then guess what, you won’t be.

    This also ties into the other comments and Rich’s original post as the force they are talking about is the action taken and the preparedness to meet opportunity. Although, I’ve met many people that work like dogs, put themselves out ther and are prepared to take on the next opporuntity and never saw a lucky thing happen to them.

    I think the ‘secret sauce’ is not just the preparedness and the action…I think the ‘secret sauce’ is the belief in being lucky. In and of itself it is far more enjoyable to go through life thinking that you are lucky than thinking that you are not…even if nothing ever truly lucky happens to you, the attitude of living a lucky life will keep a smile on your face.

    I think the reason we are wondering about luck in the first place is because we all want good luck, we all want our hard work to benefit us in unexpected ways. I’m suggesting that luck follows those that believe in it, like my 8-year old does.

  10. Great article! I really enjoyed reading it. Russel Brunson has a great saying that goes “Ready, Fire, Aim” and it has been a big help to me. Like you said you increase your luck when you get out there an get in the way.

    This was an important lesson for me because I always assumed you had to be “spot on” to be successful, but this is where many people get held back. The fear of failing diminishes their chance to have luck happen to them.

    Thanks again for the article.


  11. Hey Rich,

    Yeup it is very hard to have the opportunity to experience luck if you keep yourself in a cave.

    You commented not to be an extrovert….I think you meant introvert…;-)

    Keeping with your movie theme…”Yes Man” with Jim Carrey is a fun flick that exemplifies going with your gut.

    Any how movies and vocabulary aside…Great useful information again


  12. Hi Rich,

    Recently had this conversation with some people, so it’s fun
    to see you discusing it on your blog. To answer your questions:

    1. Is it mere coincidence, a supernatural happenstance, or something else entirely?

    My experience tells me it’s your mind-set. If you believe you’re unlucky, you’re probably going to be unlucky. If you believe you’re going to have great luck, you likely will. It’s because you’re conditioning your mind to see everything that happens to you through that filter.

    2. Why is it that some people seem to be lucky in everything while others have no luck at all?

    Same answer. Firmly believe it’s rooted in your mind-set. Whether it’s a mind-set you “inherited” from your parents or one you failed to develop into a stronger, more powerful one.

    Everyone I know who seems lucky has a positive, pleasant personality and is always looking for the good opportunities and great experiences around each & every corner they turn in life.

    Everyone I know who has bad luck on a consistent basis is always mopey, dour and eager to find excuses for why their life is doomed or why nothing good ever happens to them. Even when you try to point out the benfeit of something not going their way, they love to argue incessantly for why they are doomed to bad luck.

    Whether they realize it or not, they truly seek out the bad & seem to thrive on being a victim of life and use it to get sympathy for their lot in life.

    3. And how can you change your luck from pitiful to prosperous?

    Take time to re-examine what you thought was bad luck in your past
    and see where it actually served you or where you used bad experiences to set yourself up for more bad luck because you had your focus all screwed up.

    Take time to look at what’s good in a situation, even when it seems horrible at first. Keep asking yourself, “What’s good about this situation? How can I use this to serve me? What am I overlooking here that is going to make a difference for me?”

    I’m not talking about positive thinking in spite of facts. I’m talking about simple re-framing strategies. I’ll explain in my next answer.

    4. I want to know how luck has affected your life, both personally and professionally.

    I’ve had extraordinary good luck & fortune even when others insist I’m having more bad luck than anyone they know. Here’s a powerful example:

    A few months ago I had a freak accident and broke my finger
    and severely sprained my other three fingers & wrist.
    In fact, the finger broke in eight places & much of the bone simply shattered.

    The x-rays showed that the reason the one finger shattered & the other fingers didn’t is because I have a tumor in that finger that
    essentially consumed most of the bone.

    Nearly everyone told me how unlucky I was & how terrible it must be to learn of the tumor.

    I choose to see it differently. I feel incredibly lucky that the finger not only shattered during the freak accident at home but that I now know about a tumor I didnt even know I had.

    It turns out the tumor was starting to eat at the rest of my hand and fingers and it was only a matter of time before one or more fingers or the hand was going to break. So, I’m lucky it happened at home and not 40 feet above the stage in a theater packed full of 1,500 people during my job at Cirque du Soleil. Now that would’ve been bad luck!

    Instead, it happened where no one else could be harmed &
    made me aware of a condition I didnt even know I had. So, I’ve been able to subsequently go through extensive physical therapy
    to regain the use of the hand and finger and the tumor is now dormant & not causing any further problems.

    Initially my friends and co-workers said I was incredibly unlucky
    but after looking at it through my eyes, most people now agree that I was indeed very lucky that the finger broke when it did.

    I can recite many examples of these kind of events happening in my life where someone could fixate on these events being bad luck–let it destroy their self-confidence & await more doom & gloom.

    But I choose to see it from a powerful perspective.

    You see, I used to be a very negative person in my teens & early 20’s but it never got me anywhere. It was the worst self-sabotage to keep seeing events as bad luck in my life. It gave me no power and no drive to have anything different happen.

    Once I saw how I was doing this to myself, I began taking time to re-assess & re-frame events that happened in my life & developed a powerful mind-set that has been a life changer for me–especially when it comes to looking at life as being plagued with bad luck or good luck.

    Obviously everyone’s entitled to their opinion but for me
    how I frame things as good luck or bad luck has been a powerful game changer in life for me.

    A quick professional example since you asked for one.

    Went through a lengthy interview to work with the incredibly talented musician Prince. Wound up getting a call to go on tour with him but due to logistics & timing of events couldnt break free from a contract I was under.

    Seemed like bad luck to everyone at the time.

    Well, that particular tour wound up having all kinds of
    logistical problems, airline problems, etc etc & the general
    consensus of everyone on the tour was that it was a disaster
    (not musically, just logistically) & at some point the tour was cancelled & all but one person on the crew was let go.

    I can’t think of any better words than what I was told by the
    tour manager, who said, “You’re the lucky one! You kept your job, avoided three weeks of hell & he still thinks highly of you whereas everyone else is unemployed & forever associated with this mess.”

    I’ve got a lifetime of stories like this that could fill a book or two.

    So, for me it’s all in how you look at it and that in turn determines whether you’re receiving bad luck or good luck.

    Obviously, this is one of my favorite topics
    since my website is all about mind-set.

    Thanks for the fun conversation!


  13. Responses to Rich luck questions:

    Q1. Some luck I believe could be supernatural happenings.

    Q2. I am not sure about this one, but I have seen it in my own family, where some seem extremely lucky and others not so lucky. Sometimes I think it has something to do with how you get along with people and how you treat them, it can actually make or break you and your luck with work and personal life.

    Q3. I think if you make good friends with people you get along well with and they like what you like, that can make you somewhat lucky in certain circumstances.

    Q4. Well I met my husband on a blind date, a woman I worked with set this up with her boy friends best friend. We were married 2 years later, we have 3 daughters and 2 son in laws, and 5 grand children and are still married years later. We are still friends with my friend and my husband with his friend who married 2 years after we did.

    I did have some luck and some premonition about going back to school when our girls were 10 to 15 years old. I went back to school at a local college and I knew I would find a job. I called an agency and they sent me to a Museum to work as a buyer, never did that kind of work before. I really liked the people there and we all got along well.
    After I left as I was replacing a girl on holidays, exactly one month later I received a call from the boss I reported to at the Museum, he said Margaret was leaving, getting married and would be working for her mother in law, did I want the job? I jumped on it as I had written and passed all my government exams and I knew I would have to compete for that job eventually. I did and won that job, but it didn’t end there. The Corporate Museum disbanded from all of the Museums in Ottawa, and
    therefore we ran more than just a buyers section. My boss was going to retire and he told me to go back to school, get my Material Management Certification and some French training, which I did, he told me he wanted to see me get ahead. It happened, but, was it luck or was it that we all got along so well working together, I had to go on a board for this position, one Material Manager and I tied. The assistant Director advised the Director of our Museum that he wanted me in that job. I told my husband I possibly would lose it as I would be the only woman Material Manager in all of the Corporate Museums. The Assistant Director told me I won that job, and if I wanted it, my job was going to change somewhat. It was to get more responsibility as we would take hold of Service Contracts and Facilities Management contracting.
    I went back to college to learn Canadian Business Law, as I knew I would be working with a lawyer one day. Was this luck? What do you think Rich?

    This was fun, the only thing I haven’t told you, is my age but I think you may be able to figure that out and incidently I am retired from the Museum.

    Marilyn Broomer

  14. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

    Sure, it’s possible to get bad luck too. By bad luck I mean getting affected in a negative way from outside causes you couldn’t reasonably avoid. Like getting caught in a cross-fire when walking downtown like millions of people do and getting paralyzed down your neck….

    Still, as long as that bad luck doesn’t kill you, or disable you effectively, your preparation will increasingly enable you to get the more and more effective and efficient knowledge and resources for your goals.

    So long as you are not DEAD and BURIED, all you need is just that HALF-OPPORTUNITY armed with the RIGHT KNOWLEDGE and RESOURCES and ……..BAM!!

    You get LUCKY??

    … well, that’s what non-motivated (lazy) people jealously call you. It makes them FEEL GOOD! Makes a clever (?) ALIBI…

    In business (in your love life too), it doesn’t matter how many times you fail…. So long as you grab that first half-opportunity with the right preparation like a fumble in football and run for yards!!

    When you hit it once, you’ll get even better knowledge and resources. You’ll keep noticing bigger and bigger opportunities (not talking about your love life 🙂 ) that were not previously available.

    “I’ve failed over and over and over in my life. That’s precisely why I succeed!” Michael Jordan

  15. Greetings Rich,

    Coincidence is a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance?. (Action and results can be two of these events).

    Supernatural appertains to what is above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; or abnormality. (Believability and Faith)

    And happenstance is a chance happening or event. (Not knowing when, what, why or where something is or will happen.)

    When you compare and combine the three definitions, the only outcome is luck; however, there must be some action involved

    The reason why some people seem to be lucky in everything while others have no luck at all, is because the ?lookers-on?, in most cases, do not see the ?behind-the-scene activity?.

    We all can change our luck by first believing in ourselves. Napoleon Hill, in his legendary book ?Think and Grow Rich?, succinctly offers that ?what ever the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve?.

    Beginning with this end in mind is the first place to start, changing one?s luck from pitiful to prosperous. This is ?Habit 2? in Stephen R. Covey?s ?The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? ? ?Principles of Personal Leadership.

    I was twenty-three years young thirty-nine years ago, when I immigrated to the USA, and applied for a technical position.

    After a barrage of tests that lasted for three days, Human Resources said my successfully completed testing qualified me for any craft position within the company. I choose the highest paying position; starting pay was $98.00 per week.

    My first response to the hiring associate was that I expected more because of my Certificates, Diplomas, and Work Experience, proof of which she took from me and hurriedly disappeared around a corner in the office.

    Reappearing a short time later, she offered a starting pay of $113.00 per week, I was expecting more I replied. She hurriedly disappeared around a corner in the office again. Reappearing again a short time later, she offered a starting pay of $138.50 per week. Honestly, I was expecting $150.00 I replied. Without a response, she hurriedly disappeared around a corner in the office again. This time reappearing again a third time later, she said starting pay is $138.50 per week, take it or leave it. Putting it that way; I?ll take it, was my reply. This equated to a $40.00 per week pay increase before I even started to work.

    Was this Luck? I do not know. It seemed more coincidence, supernatural happenstance, and or something else, all warped up into one; however, being prepared, my belief, beginning with an end in mind, conceiving the thought, and action set a series of events into motion.

    Note: At that time in my life I had never read Stephen R. Covey?s ?The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? ? ?Principles of Personal Leadership or Napoleon Hill?s, legendary book ?Think and Grow Rich?.

    My motto then was, ?Knock and it shall be open?, ?Seek and you will find?, ?Ask and it shall be given?, in any order. My Grandmother, My father and mother instilled this motto in my memory and daily habits.

    How these series of events did affect my life? I was an entrepreneur in this company for thirty-six years (another story for another time). I travelled across the USA on paid company business, promoted twice during my illustrious career; a member on the pioneering team responsible for delivering ?Fiber to the Premises? now called FiOS, financed the complete education of my two daughters through college, both acquiring degrees in their field of studies.

    I am now retired starting my second career as a full-time entrepreneur in Network Marketing.

    Thanks Rich for the provocative inciting, stimulating thinking

    Al Lashley. Lovingly Divine

    From the Desk of K. Alphonza Lashley – Samurai XV Festina Lente

  16. Dear Rich,

    Here’s my take on luck from more of a spiritual outlook.

    Luck is a seemingly mysterious thing for sure, I think it’s important to really define luck. My experience is that luck is not just about the obvious things such as gaining money or prosperity in some tangible form (and I agree that putting yourslef out there helps to attract whatever it is that we are looking for or wanting).

    Luck can also be something you are given but you may not even notice (due to ignorance) that you are actually being given a gift.

    Sometimes what is called luck or good fortune is about recognizing something greater than yourself as an individual.
    I think that most people like to equate luck with personal gain, personal riches and so forth, and that is obviously true if you recieve a gift that you were not expecting then you feel lucky or you may even feel blessed!

    It can also be like having a particular skill or talent that gets noticed and you receive a ‘lucky break’ a moment through which your particular talent becomes recognized and you can then exploit it to your hearts content.

    However, there is another kind of luck which is to be granted great wisdom or depth of understanding either about yourself, or about life or about the very nature of existence, such as being granted a profound insight that reveals the very essence of existence, another word for that is grace, to receive a revelation of absolute truth when you least expected it.

    Often an individual may have gone through a profound ordeal of life transformation, which in some spiritual traditions is known as ‘sadhana’ which literally means the embrace of spiritual practice, where you knowingly allow yourself to enter into and go through the spiritual heat of that practice, which is usually a purifying ordeal of releasing or letting go of what we call ‘ego’ or ‘self’.

    When a man or woman comes across an advanced spiritual teacher or a great spritual realizer of one or another degree then the one who has found such a teacher (or spiritual master) is said to be of the most fortunate for it is then possible for the practitioner to be completely liberated from ‘ego’ or identification with a presumed separate self, but only of the indidividual is prepared to enter fully into such practice.

    Therefore when the individual receives a gift of blessing in the form of a human spiritual teacher their life has the great potential for growth and change, it is that ‘ Supreme Gift’ which is really the greatest boon, or the greatest ‘luck’ that you can receive in spritual terms, for it is at that point where all your seeking comes to an end.

    Colin Boyd

  17. Great topic for discussion Rich!

    Many excellent points made in the comments above too.

    John Lennon said “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans”.

    I say “Luck is what happens while you’re working your success plans”.

    Rich makes a good point about “Get out there”. This is very true. The more you get yourself out there the more opportunities will present themselves. I see many people out there under the guise of a user name, in the long run, you don’t gain anything from hiding behind user names.

    Get yourself out there can be expanded on in many ways. Jump in, get known for helping, introduce people you know. The more exposure you get and friends you make in the right places, the more luck magically appears.

    I believe we make our own luck. Through positive action toward what we desire, luck happens. Work the right success plan with a “can do” attitude and luck happens.

    Supernatural? Perhaps. One of the many recurring themes in the success books or courses is that our minds are like magnets. Positive brings positive, negative brings negative, simple as that really.

    I know from experience that when I focus on something with intensity, answers start popping in from all around me. Is that my mind acting like a magnet? A universal energy being tapped into? Supernatural forces at work? The Secret? Could be any of those. Learning to have total focus toward the right desires, they just pop in like magic!

    Back to what Rich said “Get out there”. Do enough of the right things, get yourself in front of opportunities and more importantly, get to know more of the right people. Then luck just happens.

    That’s what worked for me. When I made a concerted effort to get out there more, participate more, help others more. Success and opportunities started to pop up all around. Some may call it lucky, I still say that we can create our own luck with focus on the right things.

    John Stiles

  18. Hello Rich,

    There is no such thing as luck. What is, is what is. In life every outcome depends on what choices we have made. Life is full of choices from when we wake till we retire for the evening. That’s my take on luck…. The short version.

  19. 1st Post: Good question but for myself I do not believe in Luck; but do believe in God and His ability to give rewards to the faithful & no I don’t believe He brings disaster on the non believers! The hardships that we go through give us the opportunity to keep growing and can teach us something if we take advantage of them. My example is I was just unjustly fired from my job & unable to find other work, ( the union is now fighting it out with employer) this effectively was going to end a 38 year career. Yes I was angry and down for a while but God presented the opportunity to get into the internet business, something my husband has been trying to do for years. I did not know I would enjoy doing this so much, I still learning and having a ball. I am working harder than ever but I’m having a ball. So no luck but God’s plan and my free will have got me through rough patches.
    Now you may ask what about all those non believers that do well I don’t have that answer but have faith that God has a plan for all of us and we have free will to go down which other path we choose, I just hope we all choose the right one!

  20. Dear Rich,

    I’m sorry if my English is mediocre but still I’m eager to share my personal experience of being lucky.

    I’m a religious person and this is my way and my definition of being lucky:
    1. Be grateful of the favor that God has given us and He sure will increase it.
    In every situation (either a god or a bad one), i always try to focus on things that God has given to me-not on what he hasn’t-and be grateful on that. Believe it or not, There’s always a solution (and usually more than one) for all of my problems.

    2. Continually pay a visit to relatives or friends that we’ve known and always try to meet and talk to new person everyday. The biggest part of business opportunities that i had came from people whom i try to meet or visit regularly.

    3. Donate part of our money or our asset to people who need it more than us. I believe that by helping people then God will give us help when we need it.

    WH Pati

  21. Is it mere coincidence, a supernatural happenstance, or something else entirely?

    “Luck” is all around, and is largely realized as a result of being awake to the moment …

    Why is it that some people seem to be lucky in everything while others have no luck at all?

    The ‘lucky ones are more aligned with the present …

    And how can you change your luck from pitiful to prosperous?

    By shifting your awareness away from the past and from the future … intention coupled with attention.

    I want to know how luck has affected your life, both personally and professionally.

    When I am not fretting about the future and beating myself up regarding the past I seem to notice more, and appreciate more, the good and the opportunities that abound. In such moments I experience expansion of luck (versus contraction of luck).

  22. Love this post! I think we make our own luck…by gathering information and then taking action, correcting as we go.

    I hear so many people out there saying they have no “luck” in building a business, but it comes down to the fact they have never really tried.

  23. I think back to grad school and test taking time. People all around were saying good luck just before the test to each other . Perhaps whistling in the dark? As they would mention it to me I would usually say luck won’t have much to do with it. Perhaps letting a little mist fall on their parade but letting them know I thought preparation was much the heavier trump card. I think it well may exist but I’m putting my bet on other areas.
    As a junior high student I remember not being able to clear the absolute lowest height with a pole vault. I had never tried it before. As I watched and learned for years I could see and feel myself doing it successfully. Then in my senior year with nary a practice jump since my earlier failures I not only did it but the height I was jumping would have won ribbons in a competition track meet. I was prepared, WOW.

  24. What’s my definition of luck?

    To me you being lucky is when:

    You believe that you can do it!
    You act upon reaching your objective;
    When you stumble you have the power to raise and start over.
    You are in love with the right person;
    You love what you do;
    You are in harmony with the Universe;
    You enjoy the path you are on right now and explore it while seeking opportunities to grow by learning something from your experiences.
    You have a vision of where you want to go/BE and follow the light of that beacon.

    I am a Life and Business Coach. What I believe is NOT being lucky is associating a negative state at a certain moment with who you are all the time — example: I feel depressed now and therefore I am depressive. Another example is when NOT lucky people fail in something and believe they are a failure…

    Thanks for the post, It helps me model how good performers are. 😉

  25. Hi Rick,
    Good article. I love the 3 points you made:
    1) Get out there
    2) Go with your gut
    3) Grab the silver lining

    Law of Attraction coaches all say these things. You have to be in motion to have emotion. Those who are most successful all have good connection to intuition.

    Finally, when intuition nudges, act quickly. The only thing you didn’t include is to have a clear, written goal.

    You provide such a lot to your readers, I also wanted them to know about a free giveaway that might provide just the item that they need. All gifts are Personal Development items, books, audios and programs. All are downloadable.

    – Nancy

  26. Thank you Rich,
    I would like to share a story that happened in the days of Lao Tzu in China.
    Lao Tzu loved that story, so do I.
    There was an old and very poor man in a village, but even kings were jealous of him because he had a beautiful white horse. Kings offered fabulous prices for the horse, but the man would say,”this horse is not a horse to me, he is a person. And how can you sell a person, a friend?” The man was poor, but he never sold the horse.
    One morning, he found that the horse was not in the stable. The whole village gathered and people said: “You, foolish old man! We knew that someday the horse would be stolen. It would have been better to sell it. What a misfortune!”
    The old man said, “Don’t go so far as to say that. Simply say that the horse is not in the stable. This is a fact, everything else is a judgement. Whether it is a misfortune or a blessing, I don’t know, because this is just a fragment. Who knows what is going to follow it?
    People laughed at the old man. After 15 days suddenly one night, the horse returned. He had not been stolen, he had escaped into the wild nature. The horse brought a dozen wild horses with him.

    Again people gathered and they said, “Old man, you were right. This was not a misfortune, it has indeed proved to be pure luck.”
    The old man said, “Again you are going too far. Just say that the horse is back, who knows whether it is luck or not? It is only a fragment. You read a single word in a sentence – how can you judge the whole book?”
    This time the people could not say much, but inside they knew he was wrong. Twelve beautiful horses had come.

    The old man had only one son, who started to train the wild horses. Just a week later he fell from a horse and his legs were broken. People gathered again and again they said: “Again you proved right it was a misfortune, your only son has lost the use of his legs, and in your old age he was your only support. Now you are poorer than ever.”
    The old man said, “You are obesessed with judgment. Don’t go that far. Say only that my son has broken his legs. Nobody knows whether this is misfortune or luck? Life comes in fragments and more is never given to you.

    It happened, a few weeks later, the country went to war, and all the young men of the town were forcibly taken to military. Only the old man’s son was left because he was crippled. The whole town was crying and weeping, because it was a losing fight and they knew most of the young people would never come back. They came to the old man and they said, “You were right, old man – this has proved to be pure luck. Maybe your son is crippled, but he is still with you. Our sons are gone forever.”
    The old man said again, “Nobody knows! Only say, that your sons have been forced to enter the army and my son has not been forced. Only the Source knows whether it is luck or a misfortune.”

  27. Luck is what the other guy thinks you have when seeing the fruits of your labor. They put it down to luck so they don’t have to deal with the prospect that they could have all the ‘luck’ in the world themselves if they wanted it enough.

  28. Luck is usually defined by me as the tree pyramid’s wall.

    You’ll only be lucky if you:

    1) have the knowledge
    2) have the forthsight
    3) have the timing

    If you miss or skip any of these points, luck will sour. That’s because if you have the knowledge, but not the timing, you’ll miss valuable oportunities.
    If you have both timing and knowledge, but forthsight, you’ll only see the oportunity when others are already profiting on it, but you didn’t see how worthfull it would be in the near future.
    On the other side, if you have the forthsight and the timing, but you don’t know what’s coming in your direction, you won’t be able to grab it.

  29. I think everyone has bits of good luck, and bad luck. If you don’t take things for granted I believe you’ll realize how lucky you are. If someone just thinks of luck as winning the lottery or finding an envelope on the ground that has $10K in it, they won’t ever consider themselves to have “good luck”. I have a great husband, a beautiful baby girl, a roof over our heads and my daughter always has a full belly, so I think I had pretty good luck to be where I am today. Sure, I don’t win contests and prizes, but that’s not all luck has to offer.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

    Brenon MacLaury

  30. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You need to create opportunity for yourself by exposing yourself to new things, and you need to be prepared for when opportunity arrives from your exposure. If you don’t take action – you won’t get anything.

    David Sinick

  31. Hi Rich,
    You have an interesting perspective, somehow similar to mine. But where I stand apart from yours is:
    1. I believe that I am lucky everyday & find some positive interpretation for not so good events.

    2. This is consistent attitude & it stands valid no matter what the situation is.

    3. I move on.

    We know that simple things like that better that complicated thinking patterns.


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