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June 14, 2010

I should invest in a luck factory. I’d make a fortune!

I got a decent amount of replies for the tweet??…

Even if you work hard and make wise choices, you still need a little luck. Never forget that.

…but unfortunately then I tweeted about Google which got retweeted and commented on many times, and all of the replies I got on Twitter got lost in a cacophony of random chirping.

My lovely little stream of replies and was flooded with a barrage of randomness, and now whatever conversations I might have had on Twitter about the role of luck are gone.

I could look for those replies, but searching Twitter is like drinking an ipecac martini.

At least Facebook keeps the thread intact

Even if you have a little luck, you still need to work hard and make wise choices. Never forget that.

…but Facebook keeps diluting the stream so that thread keeps getting pushed down. Which is bad luck for me if I want to find that conversation six months from now.

Hey Facebook, I don’t piss in your swimming pool so stop crapping in my stream!

Is it bad luck that Twitter and Facebook make it so that we never step in the same stream twice, making it futile to see where we used to be? No, that’s by design. My bad luck in losing a potentially great conversation about luck was intentionally caused by the way Twitter and Facebook design streams. Or, put another way:
Some things attributed to bad luck are actually the consequence of design.

…which makes me wonder how many things I call bad luck are actually caused by someone else intentionally. Sometimes I feel like bad luck is the only luck I have. Maybe it’s my perception that’s off. Maybe it’s my attitude that needs adjusting.
Yeah, I think that luck would make me happy, but would happiness bring me luck?
Which brings us to the role of attitude in luck.
If 80% of success is showing up, then how much of luck is a decent attitude?
In all likelihood, a lot.
Richard Wiseman says,
Only about 10% of life is purely random. The remaining 90% is defined by the way we think. Our attitudes produce our luck.

I read that and think to myself: Still, there’s that remaining 10%, and that’s the part we need EVEN if we work hard and make wise choices.
Business idea: figure out how to manufacture luck, and make a fortune. Which is where we started:
I should invest in a luck factory. I’d make a fortune!
In the meantime, I’m going to make it a habit to hang out with people who are lucky. My father used to tell me that people with good luck are contagious — as are people with bad luck! He would affirm daily:
Avoid the unlucky, the unethical, and the unhappy.

So make it a habit to spend time with lucky people… and affirm!!!


  1. Speaking of luck, the Andretti Curse is fascinating:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andretti_curse

    Comment by Anonymous — June 23, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  2. Reader’s Digest gives tips on how to get lucky. Lucky people see what is there rather than what they’re looking for. http://www.rd.com/home-garden/how-to-get-lucky/article27664.htmlOther basic principles from the Reader’s Digest article:seize chance opportunities; create self-fulfilling prophecies through positive expectations; andadopt a resilient attitude that turns bad luck around.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 18, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  3. See also: http://www.quora.com/What-traits-do-lucky-people-share

    Comment by Anonymous — September 18, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

  4. Increase your Luck Surface Area.http://www.codusoperandi.com/posts/increasing-your-luck-surface-area

    Comment by Anonymous — June 24, 2011 @ 1:01 am

  5. 11 Reasons why Starting a Company is hard:http://106miles.net/convo.php?cvid=137

    Comment by Anonymous — June 24, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

  6. "There are no shortcuts. NONE." ~ Mark Cubanhttp://blogmaverick.com/2008/10/04/how-to-get-rich/

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2011 @ 4:14 am

  7. Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/life-is-like-business-its-20-percent-what-hap

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  8. "If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~ Antoine de Saint Exup??ry

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  9. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/you-become-responsible-forever-for-what-you-h

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  10. There are ways to become luckier.http://www.bakadesuyo.com/be-lucky-its-an-easy-skill-to-learn-8

    Comment by Anonymous — October 16, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  11. Nothing about my life is lucky. NOTHING.http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/15325742257/nothing-about-my-life-is-lucky-nothing-oprah

    Comment by Anonymous — January 10, 2012 @ 12:26 am

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