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The quote from Jefferson is one that I like to throw out when people become focused on their current run of bad luck ... or when they attribute someone else's success to luck.
A number of years ago I read an article about a study called "The Luck Project" which was trying to understand, scientifically, why some people seem to have a lot of luck.
The study concludes that there are four principles that can be applied in order to improve your chances of success ... those identified as the "lucky ones" in the study used these principles.
1. Maximise your "chance opportunities" ... very simply find lots of ways to be in a position that could lead to success. Some examples given include (a) getting out and meeting lots of people, (b) don't follow the same routines all the time and (c) dress for success to get noticed.
2. Listen to Hunches ... ideas include (a) build, use and trust your intuition, (b) write down all your ideas and (c) give yourself "thinking time".
3. Expect good things to happen ... (a) read inspirational material, (b) write down everything lucky that happens to you, (c) Have dedicated time to focus on "worries", and don't worry the rest of the time.
4. Turn Bad Luck into Good ... (a) Learn from your mistakes, (b) Don't get "down" when bad things happen, take charge and move on, and (c) Be thankful for all the good things in your life, putting the other things into perspective.
The article is worth a read ... I like the concepts and I can certainly buy into another saying I have heard, but it is not attributed to anyone particularly. "You may have good luck or you may have bad luck: but remember, you make your own luck."