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The Reality Of Luck (And How You Might Get Lucky)

Written by: McKing Lee, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

What is luck all about? A lot of people think that luck is this intangible magical thing that might come as fairy dust or some mythical energy source. Of course, most people associate luck with gambling as well.

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But is it really?


Today we will be exploring what is luck all about and how you too might get a bit lucky.


There Is No Such Thing As Luck


Hold on! Before you close this article or flip the table, hear me out first will ya?


Let’s look at luck objectively


What is luck?


What does being lucky mean to you?


Usually people associate being lucky with something good happening right?


And the opposite is being unlucky, which is something bad happening or nothing happening


Now if we look at it objectively, looking at good, neutral and bad events happening to a person


Then what do we see luck as?


Probability!


Yes, to me, luck is the probability


The probability of a good event happening, a neutral or normal event, or even a bad event happening


Let’s say we are playing a game, and if you get 3 heads in a row you win, while I will win if 3 tails appear in a row, and anything else just means we keep flipping coins


The probability of 3 heads or 3 tails in a row is pretty small and seems the same isn’t it? A 1 in 2 chance 3 times in a row sounds the same


So if you win, you are lucky! If you lose, you are unlucky!


Let’s use another example of a seemingly random event – getting hit by bird droppings


What are the chances of someone getting hit by bird droppings in a given place on a given day?


However, because we tend to see getting hit by bird droppings as bad, it is seen as unlucky (generally speaking)


There are of course, people who think that since the chances are so slim, you are lucky instead if you get hit by bird droppings!


Naturally it also depends on whether you leave the house often, do you stay or frequent a place with a lot of birds, etc


But I think you are beginning to understand why I say luck is a probability, of course, there is another factor


PS I myself lost count after getting hit 13 times by bird droppings at all sorts of places


It’s All About The Attitude


Ok now that you understand that luck is really about probability then what’s next?


It’s about the attitude


Generally when we have a negative attitude or perspective to things, we mostly see it turning bad


Whereas if we have a positive attitude or perspective, then we mostly see how we managed to avoid a crisis, or how this might teach us something new


It’s like the bird-dropping scenario earlier, some people see it as bad luck to get hit by it, while some people see it as good luck!


There was an experiment done by Richard Wiseman, where he did an experiment to people on the streets where they were to count how many photographs were in this newspaper


People with a negative mindset took 2 minutes on average to count the number of photos, while people with a positive mindset took a few seconds!!


The reason being, on the 2nd page or so, there was a huge text with the answer!


People with positive mindsets are generally more open-minded, able to spot opportunities when it presents itself, and of course, read the answer so they will stop counting!


However, people with negative mindsets tend to be close-minded, see problems or even too hyper-focused which meant they do not spot opportunities as much


So yes, that is one of the first steps towards changing your luck and becoming luckier!!


Adopting a positive mindset towards daily living might be a gradual process but the long-term results will speak for itself!!


Increasing Your Luck


So we have come to the important bit!


How to increase your luck?


Now that you understand its more about probability and that having a certain positive perspective will mean something is lucky or not


Then it is for you to begin to change the way you think, to change your perspective


You can start with taking different routes to work because doing so can start to allow your brain to think of new perspectives, new actions


On top of that, if something happens, instead of thinking, oh something bad just happened or I’m unlucky, you can attempt to see the positive from it


For example, sometimes I do get clients who book me and at the last minute, cancel the appointment


For the record, I do not collect any deposit nor charge for the appointment booking


And if you are an entrepreneur like me, you probably had that experience too!


However, my view is that the last-minute cancellation gives me time to relax and rest (which is one positive aspect of a cancellation!)


The funny thing is… sometimes I will get another client who will book me for that same timeslot at the last minute!


Talk about being lucky! 🤣


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McKing Lee, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

McKing Lee is a conversational hypnotist, NLP Practitioner, and a student of life. After nearly dying in his sleep when his lung burst for no reason, McKing develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and fell into depression. He subsequently sought his own recovery through learning NLP and hypnosis. Having a unique understanding of how the mind works, he has helped many people with mental and psychological issues, relationship and emotional issues, and interestingly enough, sometimes physical ailments too. McKing was recognized and won APAC SEA Business Awards Hypnotist of the Year 2020, and has been featured in local and overseas media over the years. He aims to help people as effectively as possible, through sharing of knowledge and with the right application of skills.

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