LUCK - The most powerful, common and misused emotional word used in society.
“Luck is what, when preparation meets opportunity.” - Seneca
In my early age, I had a tendency to observe successful individuals and measure their success based on their luck, without giving due considerations to other key factors such as knowledge, efforts, parent support, or location. It influenced me so much that I also took decisions based and decided to follow path of those individuals and was quite successful in getting grades and nice corporate job.
But I was wrong!!!
Almost 10 years ago, I came to read maxim (above) from Seneca which change my thinking.
• From: I was lucky because certain events occurred in the sequence as per my plan.
• To: I was doing hard work compared to others who became complacent due to lack of interest, distraction, and unavailability of resources etc.
DEMYSTIFYING THE LUCK
Luck is an interesting idea.
There is truly uncontrolled luck which is pure and raw. Where you were born, who you were born with, and the events in your life all have that kind of luck.
But when we move beyond the baseline luck, the idea of luck turns into something more complex and ambiguous.
Actually, much of what we call "luck" is the macro result of over 1,000 micro actions. Your daily habits put you in a position where "luck" is more likely to strike.
To be lucky, you must remove avoid anti-luck factors from destiny by doing increasing actions to expand personal luck.
“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” - Serena Williams
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, in a nutshell, LUCK is:
• Significant number of tiny actions in the right direction - Preparation.
• An alignment become visible when requirements exactly match those tiny actions - Opportunity.
In simple terms, we have to tap these components to become Lucky in this world:
৹ WORK (Experience, Job, Business)
৹ SKILLS (Knowledge, Education, Trait)
৹ TIME (Knock right door at right time)
৹ MEDIUM (Right Tool, Location, Sufficient Finance)
EXCEPTION TO THE RULE
Please remember there are still some exceptions to this rule. As per the book "The unfair advantage" there other factors which played a vital role to improve chances of opportunity, and which generally considered as luck factors in common language called (MILES).
• Money + Mindset
• Intellect + Insight
• Social Status
FOUR CATEGORIES OF LUCK
Dr. James Austin, a neurologist, wrote a book titled "Chase, Chance & Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty" in 1978. He proposed four categories of luck:
(1) Blind Luck (Accidental) - You cannot force it. (Example: Inherited wealth, Parents, nationality, genes and unexpected disasters)
(2) Luck from Movement (Active) - Keep doing until you stumble on something (Example: Acquire Skills, Trying, Hustle, Right course etc.)
(3) Luck from Knowledge (Prepared) - Explore trends and exploit opportunity (Example: Figuring out how things work, use google search, follow right people)
(4) Luck from Originality (Magnetic/Personality) - Develop your style and behave distinctively. (Example Combining skills, become Polymath)
4 META SKILLS TO INCREASE LUCK
All those luck factors can be improved by doing 4 super meta-skills:
“The ultimate unfair advantage is curiosity.” - Justin Mikolay
“Reading is the ultimate meta-skill that can be traded for anything else.” - Naval Ravikant
“You don't learn to walk by following Rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” - Richard Branson
• CONSISTENCY AND PERSEVERANCE
“The rarest of all human qualities is consistency.” - Jeremy Bentham
So, stop complaining, start reading, stay curious and keep doing to learn and be consistent.
10 WAYS TO EXPAND YOUR LUCK SURFACE AREA:
1. Be the Dumbest in Room
If you can choose between going into two rooms, choose the one in which you will be the dumbest person in the room.
After you enter the room, talk less, listen more.
Not good for yourself but good for luck. Good things will happen in these rooms.
2. Add skin in the game
I have a rule: when I want to learn something new, I spent extra time on reading and learn by doing to have a clarity. The skin in the game forced me to dive deeper.
I recommend this to give a try. Establish your rule at whatever acceptable level of experimentation you’re comfortable with.
These are small bets with outsized returns.
3. Hang out with the Optimists
Pessimists seem smart, optimists get rich.
When choosing who to spend time with, spend time with optimists first. Pessimists see the door closed. Optimists see doors open and can kick them shut.
A bad person is a “energy vampire” that must be removed from your life in order to be lucky. They tell you to be realistic. They criticized your ambition and kept arguing.
4. Talk to Strangers
"Don’t talk to Strangers" is a classic we were told as children, and for many the rest of it carries over into adulthood.
New relationships lead to new ideas, insights and opportunities; they get compounded as financial investments.
Wide Network = Wide Luck.
"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." - William Butler Yeats
5. Hustle Hard
Good things happen when you love to take action. You create more chaos in your ecosystem - it's like chaos theory.
A bit hustle goes a long way.
“There’s luck through persistence, hard work, hustle, and motion. This is when you’re running around creating opportunities. You’re generating a lot of energy, you’re doing a lot to stir things up. It’s almost like mixing a petri dish or mixing a bunch of reagents and seeing what combines. You’re just generating enough force, hustle, and energy for luck to find you.” - Naval Ravikant
6. Free Time
The idea that free time is bad is one of the biggest lies you will ever be told.
In investing, it is often said that cash is a call option for interesting investments of the future.
In life, I believe free time is a call to seek interesting opportunities in the future. When you have free time, you have plenty of room to come up with new ideas and explore the rabbit hole.
Always plan more of it.
7. Ask Great Questions
Find ways to stand out when you meet new people. Asking good questions is a sure-fire way. A few of my favourites:
• What is the most exciting thing you are doing right now? • What is your favourite book that you have read recently? • I don't know more about your field of expertise. Can you tell me more about this? This will get other people talking and they will remember you in the future.
8. Creative Boredom
We should normalize boredom. Some of the most creative moments come when you're bored. Solo walk, shower, dinner by yourself. You are bored, your mind is always wander, your thoughts are mixed with each other. Boom! Notion Strikes.
Boredom creates luck. Walk more (without technology), drive more, sit quietly and think. You will not regret it.
9. Become an Expert
If you are good at something, luck will find you.
Your skills can attract new opportunities you've never heard of before.
Public awareness of your expertise is a plus. Share your work to increase your reach.
10. Enter the Arena
The arena is where luck happens; there is no luck on the side lines.
The only route that yields true fruit is vulnerable and lonely. When presented with two options, choose the road that places you in the arena, where collisions occur and where luck strikes.
Additionally, surround yourself with those who are also competing. Rock slingers on the side lines never have luck.
Thanks for reading…