During a meeting, his subordinates informed Napoleon Bonaparte of a new general, who was turning out to be extremely capable.
The new man’s bravery, skill, determination and organizational capabilities were outlined for Napoleon in great detail.
Napoleon waved his hand impatiently, ” That’s all very well, said Napoleon, “But tell me – Is he lucky?”
Good luck can be defined as a chance encounter or accident that leads to a happy-sometimes life-changing- conclusion.
People meet their life partners, their business associates in chance meetings, which changes their lives.
Without this accidental luck, many of the most important discoveries would not have been made.
The microwave, vaccinations, X-rays, the Pill and penicillin- which was discovered when Alexander Fleming by chance noticed that mould in his Petri Dish killed off the surrounding bacteria- are all examples.
Post-it notes, too, would not exist if a man who was trying to invent a strong adhesive didn’t accidentally make a very weak one.
But why do lucky accidents seem to happen to some people and not to others?A project at University College London is trying to find out if some people are luckier than others.
They interviewed people to find about if people considered themselves lucky and if there was any common factor in all these stories.
‘By looking for patterns, we’ve found that good luck is more than an accident, ‘ says Dr. Stephann Makri, who is working on the project.’While none of the people we interviewed engineered the opportunities that came their way, they all had two things in common:
‘First, they realized that an opportunity was being presented to them. Then, they seized the opportunity and took action.
‘When it comes to experiences such as walking down the road and bumping into someone you haven’t seen in years, who goes on to offer you a job or introduce you to the love of your life, several things need to happen.‘First, you need to notice the old friend. Then you need to stop and talk to them, even though you might be busy or running late. Finally, you need to follow up on whatever might come out of that conversation’.
In short, a good fortune may involve an element of luck that is out of our control, but you also have the wisdom to spot the opportunity and act on it.
The psychologist, Richard Wiseman, agrees. He has spent years researching serendipity ( Serendipity is defined as a chance, encounter or accident that leads to a happy- sometimes life- changing- conclusion culminating in his book, “The Luck Factor”.
He wanted to find out why some people seemed to always be in the right place at the right time.
Wiseman found that they were not luckier — just quicker to spot andseize opportunities.
In one experiment, he asked people to read a newspaper and tell
him how many photographs were inside.He had secretly placed a message halfway through the newspaper that read ‘Stop counting — there are 43 photographs in this newspaper.‘It was staring everyone in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people spotted it,’ says Wiseman.
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne says that if you believe in something very strongly-the universe makes it happen. The key takeaway being that if you have positive attitude- you will become successful. This in other words is called Good Luck.
Arnold Palmer was an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men’s professional golf history had said, “ The more I practice, luckier I get”.