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Luck Factor Paperback – Import, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Filled with real-life stories from hundreds of interviews; inspirational quotes from the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Oprah Winfrey; and graphed research data from his eight-year study of luck, Wiseman's book promises to offer "a scientifically proven way to understand, control, and increase your luck." While many believe luck is a mystical force influenced by superstitious rituals, Wiseman, psychology chair at the University of Herfordshire in England, claims lucky people simply possess four basic psychological traits unlucky people don't: the ability to maximize chance opportunities, to listen to "gut feelings," to expect good fortune and to see the bright side of bad luck. Questionnaires and exercises offer guidance on how to acquire or enhance luckiness while keeping a "luck journal" and incorporating techniques to increase intuition, stop negative self-fulfilling prophecies and learn how to effectively network. The format is marked by redundant chapter summaries, but Wiseman's upbeat, charismatic tone might persuade even skeptical readers of the transformative effect luck can have in their personal and professional lives.
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"Might persuade even skeptical readers of the transformative effect luck can have in their personal and professional lives." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A well presented book that demystifies luck and reminds of the small things we can do to open doors to success.
The author goes into great detail about the power of luck.
In section two you’ll learn the four principles of luck: Principle One teaches how to maximize your chance opportunities; Principle Two teaches how to listen to your lucky hunches; Principle Three teaches how to expect good fortune; and Principle Four teaches how to turn bad luck into good.
Section three teaches how to create luckier lives and how to learn to be lucky.
You’ll definitely look at luck differently after reading this book.
In regard to the idea that he didn't have any objective test for luck - Dr. W. had subjects go into rather lengthy descriptions of what in their lives had happened to support their perception of themselves as lucky or unlucky. By most people's standards, the unlucky people WERE having rather hard times. The lucky people were having a much easier time.
It's important to remember that Dr. W. is sort of professional skeptic - he's not into the paranormal. He got these principles out of hard-headed investigation. I learned in the lab - don't argue with the results you have gotten! He's gotten good results - try it for yourself and see!
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