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Create Your Own Luck : 8 Principles of Attracting Good Fortune in Life, Love, and Work Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Create Your Own Luck : 8 Principles of Attracting Good Fortune in Life, Love, and Work
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Create Your Own Luck feels like Mom-or a good friend-giving you lots of perspectives, advice, and cautions. Azriela Jaffe is like a mom-or a good friend-to thousands of people. She's a wife and mother of three children, a nationally syndicated columnist, and coordinator of a wide network of entrepreneurial couples.
We've all caught ourselves observing someone's good fortune and exclaiming that the fortunate person is so lucky. Jaffe asserts that creating luck is a skill that we can learn. It's an attitude toward life that we can master and, yes, control our own lives. In this book, she shows us how in a conversational tone that's captivating.
The text is interwoven with stories told in the first person. The reading is so comfortable that I was drawn in to a sense of being one-on-one with the author . . . probably curled up in front of the fireplace. One after another, Jaffe shares Luck Builders, the behaviors that attract good luck. Interspersed with these words of encouragement are Luck Busters, warnings about the behaviors that sabotage the good luck you attract, and Luck Blockers, behaviors that repel good luck. Throughout the book are Luck Journal Exercises, suggestions to do things that will help keep your thinking where it needs to be. The book is well-seasoned with thought-provoking quotes.
The eight principles, used as the organization of the book, are Open Your Mind, Ask for What You Want and Be Willing to Work to Get It, Pay Attention to Your Intuition and Meaningful Coincidences, Respond to Life's Trials with Resiliency, Take Yourself and Others Off the Hook, Have Patience in the Right Dose, Give and Receive in Equal Measure, and Focus on the Positive.
And here's my recommendation, in action form: After I read Create Your Luck, I sent it as a gift to my daughter, Jennifer, a junior in college.
Although we can't control everything in our lives, we can open the door to new opportunities and give luck easy entry into our lives. Simply changing your mindset and being open to new possibilities can make luck happen in amazing ways for you. That's the point of a story involving me that is included in "Create Your Own Luck." I won't give all the details here, but on page 106 you can read about how I was able to salvage a problem situation and turn it into an exciting opportunity.
Being included in this book is in itself an example of one of the ways I've created luck in my life. When my problem occurred, and I made lemonade from the lemons, I posted the story to an email discussion group. Azriela saved that post and asked for my permission to include it in her book. If I hadn't taken the time to share my story, I wouldn't have been "lucky" enough to have my story shared with the world through this book. Just making yourself available can make you lucky!
I've always been a big believer in creating your own luck, and I had employed some of the strategies here intuitively. The good advice in this book showed me how to consciously and consistently use luck-creating strategies to create success after success. If you read this book and put its ideas to work for you, you will begin attracting good fortune in all areas of your life.