What is luck?
Luck is often defined as being in the right place, at the right time, and doing the right things. But how do you achieve this kind of synchronicity with so many factors at play? By being in the right state of mind, which is under your control. Luck is a skill which can be learnt and how it works has been demonstrated scientifically (read below). Following this definition of luck – if you’re reading this article, you’ve just demonstrated and confirmed that you are lucky and you can still boost your luck further by applying some of the principles and ideas listed below.
Three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, earth luck / feng shui luck
The oriental people believe that there are three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, and earth luck. Heaven’s luck is what we are born with. Human luck is the luck we create with our intentions, behaviours and actions and is mostly within our control. The earth luck, which is another way of describing the function of feng shui is to a large extent within our control too.
What is luck from a scientific perspective?
For ages, people have been trying to understand and harness luck (in games, gambling, casinos, etc). Luck has been studied scientifically. Dr Richard Wiseman studied hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people and has employed various methods – including psychometric questionnaires, laboratory experiments and extensive interviewing – to better understand the psychology of luck. He identified four factors that affect luck. Lucky people 1) maximise chance opportunities, 2) listen to lucky hunches, 3) expect good fortune and finally, 4) they turn bad luck into good luck. There are some sub-factors for each of these four key luck factors, which are listed in his highly recommended book ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman
“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” Napoleon Bonaparte