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January 10, 2022

How to make your own luck

Over the past eight years, Ric Wallace has won thousands of dollars in various lotteries, as well as a dream home. You, too, can do the same, he believes.

Shoe And, for a price, he’ll tell you how through his Lotterysquirrel site, where you’ll find a host of betting schemes and talismans to help you score a big payday.

Bunk? I certainly think so.

What about the idea of creating your own luck though? Do some of us think and behave in ways that create good fortune in our lives?

Absolutely, says Richard Wiseman, in his book, The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles.  He insists that we have far more control over the element — and outcome — of chance in our lives than we realize.

According to Wiseman, lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing, and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, which include building and maintaining a strong network, adopting a relaxed attitude to life, and being open to new experiences. And this is how they get ahead at work, in their investments, and in their day-to-day lives.

They also make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. They also take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities — for example, by meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

Be optimistic, he says. Lucky people are certain that the future will be bright. Over time, that expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that lets them persist in the face of disappointment and positively shape their interactions with other people.

Lucky people learn how to cope with, and even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, put aside any ill fortune, and then take control of the situation.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as luck or is it all determined by your state of mind and the way you engage the world?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...