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20 ways to become a luckier entrepreneur

To be lucky - the occurrence of success, happy co-incidences or fortune that come into your life through chance

Do you consider yourself lucky in business or does luck takes a swift run in the opposite direction the minute you turn up? Thankfully, if you feel you could do with a little more, you'll be relieved to hear it's possible to become luckier by making small changes in the way you think and behave.

Dr Richard Wiseman, * head of a psychology research team at a UK university and his team, studied how exceptionally lucky and unlucky people think and behave over a number of years. And luckily for us, they identified a set of guidelines that could be taught with luck-enhancing results to people who had always thought of themselves as unlucky.

So it turns out that even though we often think that luck comes to us purely through chance, the evidence that we can help it along is HUGE.

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States


Many of the psychology team's principles have been included below (with a few more that I've discovered through further research), so lets have a look at how you can become luckier.

20 ways to become luckier

  1. Make a decision that you can and will improve your luckiness
  2. Start making a list of the lucky breaks, big and small, that come your way on a daily basis
  3. Each morning whilst you're still in bed, mentally review all your luck of the previous day
  4. Vary your routine, try something new, bring as many novel experiences into your life as possible
  5. Speak to someone you've never spoken to before
  6. Tell people what you're doing in your business
  7. Cultivate the art of curiosity. Constantly ask questions.
  8. Pay attention to your hunches
  9. Take plenty of time to chill out from work. Slow down and smell the flowers, taste the coffee, listen to the birds sing
  10. Stay relaxed. Move through the day with a calm body and mind
  11. Act generously - freely give away your time or experience to give someone else some luck
  12. Commit to being a life long learner
  13. Don't dwell on bad luck. Deliberately build your "look for the silver lining" muscle
  14. Don't grumble when bad luck comes your way
  15. Expect things to work out for the best for you
  16. Review your whole life and make a list of all the times and places, luck has been with you
  17. Develop perseverance. Don't allow yourself to be brought down by bad luck. Work with the assumption that there's always a way around a problem
  18. Be willing however, to be flexible in how you get there
  19. Train yourself to be on the constant lookout for opportunities
  20. Finally, ask yourself do you have access to fresh water, food, education, and health care? Are you able (within legal and moral constraints ) to wear, say,do, think what you like? If so, count yourself already very, very lucky

*Dr Richard Wiseman. The Luck Factor. Century 2003