Secrets of Successful People - Opportunities vs Luck
The great oil billionaire, H. L. Hunt, was once asked his secret of success. He replied that success required two things, and two things only. First, he said, you must know exactly what it is you want. Most people never make this decision. Second, he said, you must determine the price that you will have to pay to achieve it, and then get busy paying that price. But maybe you think that he was just lucky? Lucky people consistently encounter lucky opportunities whereas unlucky people do not.
However, there is no such thing as luck! We all have the same amount of opportunities available. Richard Wiseman writes in his book “Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles” that lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
He claims that unsuccessful people miss chance opportunities because they are generally too tense and anxious and focused on looking for something else. They look through newspapers, determined to find certain type of job advertisements and as a result miss other types of jobs which could be much more beneficial for them. In his research Wiseman brings a marvelous example by showing how unlucky people even missed advertisement which formed a half of the newspaper page and could solve immediately their problem. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore they see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. That is why they notice much more opportunities.
Wiseman claims that lucky people are much more persistent because they always believe that there is a solution to the problem, unlucky people give up very easily after giving their best shot. The most surprising was, however, that lucky people saw even in seemingly bad situations opportunities to make money and to turn the situation around to their fortune. Brian Tracy, a self-made millionaire states that you must be solution-oriented, instead of being problem-oriented. The more you focus on solutions, the more easily you solve your problems. It is the secret of becoming a self-made millionaire, it is a secret of great success in life.
Ülle Rannut, PhD
Integration Research Institute
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