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How to Get Lucky: 13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life's good breaks Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Max Gunther was born in England and emigrated to the US when he was 11. He attended schools in New Jersey and received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in 1950-51 and was a staff member of Business Week from 1951 to 1955. He then served as a contributing editor of Time for two years. His articles were published in several magazines and he wrote several books, including The Luck Factor (9781906659493), How to Get Lucky (9781906659981) and The Zurich Axioms (9781897597491). He is very lucky.

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (July 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XRDBYY
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jaronsky TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
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"How to get Lucky", yeah right, another book that can change my luck? Yes!

This book is written on the premise that luck, good and bad, exists. It also states that some people are luckier than others, and some are a lot less lucky than others. Is there anything we can do to bring more luck into our lives? Yes there is, and this book walks you through 13 techniques to help you "step in front of luck"

I was a little skeptical at the title, but once I saw the author was Max Gunther, I had to read this book. I read The Zurich Axioms a few years ago and it is now one of my favorite books. I highly recommend it. Max has a way of making concepts simple and obvious. He breaks topics down into techniques or axioms and thoroughly explains his reasoning for each. A few of my favorites from the Zurich Axioms are "Hope - When the ship starts to sink, don't pray, jump", "Religon and the occult - It is unlikely that Gods plan for the universe includes making you rich. (plus God must really love poor people, afterall he made so many of them)" and "Planning - Long-range plans engender the dangerous belief that the future is under control. It is important never to take your long-range plans, or others plans seriously." How can you argue with those statements? Makes a lot of sense to me.

How to get lucky walks you through these 13 techniques like "finding the fast flow." Get to know a lot of people because you increase your odds of being in the right place at the right time. Sounds pretty obvious, right? He also talks about the zigzag path. Bounce around, have multiple sticks in the fire because you never know which one is going to bring you luck.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Davis on March 10, 2011
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Originally written in 1986 as a follow-up to his first book on the topic, "The Luck Factor," the author makes the case that "Luck ... blunders in and out of our lives, unbidden, unexpected, sometimes welcome and sometimes not." Gunther calls luck the "factor that no one talks about" but is an integral part of all of our lives. This book purports to provide thirteen techniques (he chose an interesting number, did he not?) to increase the opportunity to take advantage of life's good breaks while minimizing the damage caused by the bad ones.

Having read a number of books on this topic, I found much to glean from his advice, although as a person of faith I must take issue with a few of his points. Nonetheless, his techniques overall all are quite practical. He supports his key points with fascinating examples from real life, including Charles Darrow (the inventor of Monopoly, was told by Parker Brothers that the game violated 52 rules for parlor game design, initially turned it down) and Margaret Mitchell (who had used some of her "Gone with the Wind" manuscript to prop up a piece of furniture).

Here are his thirteen techniques:
1. Make the distinction between luck and planning - balance your actions by considering both.
2. Find the fast flow - be around people, situations where things are happening.
3. Risk spooning - dip your toe into risks, don't dive in.
4. Run cutting - know when to "cash in your chips" to be ahead.
5. Luck selection - be ready to cut your losses.
6. The zigzag path - luck is never linear.
7. Constructive supernaturalism - use faith or non-faith, etc. as it works for you (?!) .
8. Worst-case analysis - be prepared for catastrophe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin O. on November 28, 2012
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The author offers simple and practical advice to position yourself in the correct environment and the correct frame of mind to take advantage of luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt1wt on January 25, 2014
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Great book! It contains the secret of super successful people that all the other self help books miss. The ability to drop or alter your plans or goals when serendipity comes your way .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Hinrichs on December 11, 2014
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Makes you more conscience of your potential surroundings and options, good read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Christie on March 21, 2013
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I have read his other book The Luck Factor and love it. This book takes you deeper into Luck and how things is life and change in a instant. Good or Bad. Really enjoyed reading this book and have already started applying some of the techniques. Good Luck to everyone!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Hornby on February 28, 2011
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Good fortune favors the prepared mind. Now you can prepare for both. Very important information that everyone in all walks of life needs to know. An easy read, filled with words of wisdom not found anywhere else.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on April 29, 2013
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Very good book, with many great ideas, and suggestions. I read this quickly, and find it very helpful. Glad I have it.
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