Each one of the 233 millionaires in my study was lucky. Fifty-six, or 24%, were born into it and 177, or 76%, created it. One type of luck is random and the other self-made. Luck, whether random or self-made, is a common denominator of all wealthy people. If you want to be rich, you need luck.
While you have no control over the circumstances you are born into, you do have control over the circumstances you manufacture after birth. Fortunately, the vast majority of millionaires are self-made. They start out either poor or middle-class. That’s a good thing. Success really boils down to a game of hide and seek. Luck does the hiding – you have to do the seeking. But you must look for luck in the right places. So where exactly do you look for luck? Fortunately, success leaves clues.
Luck Hides Outside Your Comfort Zones
Successful people are very much like scientists. They love to experiment. But in the case of self-made millionaires they experiment with new things, new ideas, and new people. Finding luck requires that you step outside your comfort zones. It requires an open mind; one which is curious and receptive to possibilities.
Luck Hides Inside Positivity
Opportunities have to be seen in order to be embraced. Positivity opens the mind to opportunities. Positivity means having a positive mental outlook. It means being optimistic and seeing possibilities. It means being confident and expecting good things to happen. Positivity is the fertilizer in which luck grows.
Luck Hides Behind Courage
Creating luck requires that you take risks. Taking risk requires courage. Courage is not the absence of fear but the pursuit of something in spite of fear. Overcoming fear is something you must cultivate as a habit.
Luck Hides Inside New Relationships
Meeting the right person at the right time, requires that you ….. meet people. People do not just drop in your lap and, voilà, luck happens. You have to go out and find them. You find them by joining networking groups, by volunteering at non-profits, by taking seminars, at fund-raisers, when you take up tennis, or golf. You find them doing new and novel things that you never did before.
Luck Hides Inside Intuition
Intuition is the means by which the subconscious communicates with the conscious. Your subconscious knows all and sees all. It is constantly taking in sensory data and information that is below the radar of the conscious mind. As a result, it knows things the conscious mind does not. It exists to not only help you survive but also to thrive. You need to listen to your gut. Those who do find luck.