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Richard Wiseman
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1 Jan 2004
Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst other face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partner whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives? Ten years ago, Professor Richard Wiseman decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people. The results reveal a radical new way of looking at luck. In this book, Wiseman identifies the four simple behavioural techniques that have been scientifically proven to help you attract good fortune. He then shows how you can use these methods to revolutionise every area of your life - including your relationships, personal finances and career.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099443244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099443247
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and is the author of the bestselling Quirkology and 59 Seconds. He is the psychologist most frequently quoted by the British media.

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"Wiseman knows the secret of a lucky life." (Daily Telegraph)

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A revolutionary study of luck, and its power to transform our lives

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck Factor is a Remarkable Book 8 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book. It's no ordinary self-help book - it's well-written, presents fascinating results of solid scientific research, and it works - at least it worked for me! It's packed with information about psychology yet it is an easy and compelling read. It describes how the author, who is an academic psychologist, did research that revealed that luck is not about chance or fate, it is down to how you think and behave. You can make your own luck by following four "luck principles". As well as the discovery of the principles, the book describes "luck school" - a scientific study in which people were given various exercises to practise in order to boost their luck by using these four principles. 80% of people reported significant increases in their happiness, life satisfaction, and luckiness, following their participation in the luck school experiment. I must admit I was a bit skeptical before reading the book. I have always considered myself a lucky person, and I didn't think the book would have much effect on me. However, I discovered using the questionnaire in the book that although I was already using three of the luck principles, I was neglecting a fourth one. So in the last week I have been practising the recommended exercises to boost that principle and I am amazed and delighted to say that I have already noticed an increase in my luck! I think this remarkable book deserves to be a bestseller.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped change my life 2 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Some people have mentioned already that this book 'states the obvious' in many respects but the whole point is that the people who need it most cannot see the obvious and need it pointing out! I should know - I was one of those people! When you are stuck in a negative cycle, you need positive things in your life that you probably don't have, to push you in the right direction - this book is one of those positive things.

I have suffered from social anxiety all my life and so was conditioned into a negative thought process in everything I did. Even after I'd improved my life and gotten over the worst, I still tended to sometimes dwell on the negative. Then one day, a very honest woman told me in a nice way that I came across as very negative sometimes. I had no idea, believing that I had sorted all my anxiety issues and so any lingering issues could be blamed on other people and not myself. Well, I was wrong and she was right! I was struggling to get girlfriends and meet close friends and to really advance myself in life. That was until this girl gave me her copy of 'The Luck Factor'.

Yes, I already knew everything in the book about how being positive is the way to go and making myself open to people was what I needed to do but knowing it and believing in it and then actually doing it are very seperate issues. It's like losing weight - we know it's good for us, we all want to make ourselves look and feel better and we all know HOW to do it. So why do so many of us fail? It's a psychological thing. Something stops us from doing it and sticking at it. Sometimes we need inspiration, something to really make us believe and kick-start us into action. Well, this book is that inspiration!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A state of mind 16 Aug 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This fascinating 10-year study reveals that good fortune is not primarily due to talent, hard work or intelligence. The book is a scientific investigation based upon interviews and experiments with people who consider themselves lucky; the author concludes that luck is a state of mind that may be cultivated.
Wiseman identifies four principles that underlie a life of good fortune, adherence to which will draw good luck into the life of the individual. These are 1. The belief that you are lucky (lucky people create, notice and act upon chance opportunities. They also have a relaxed attitude to life). 2. Lucky people make success happen by using their intuition and gut feelings. 3. One must expect good fortune, hold fast to this belief and persevere in attempting to achieve your goals. 4. Lucky people have a knack for transforming back luck into good luck. One must affirm your good fortune and have a strong conviction that everything will work out for the best.
There are graphs showing the research results and some black and white illustrations of playing cards. Overall the conclusions are quite impressive and I find the results of the study very convincing. There are plenty of exercises and the book concludes with notes that include bibliographic references. It is heartening to finally see scientific proof of the power of the mind in this regard.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpectedly interesting 17 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was given this book and assumed that it would be another rubbishy self-help book. However, to my suprise, I found that it was actually very interesting and convincing. Most of what the author says is commonsense, but I have never seen it all tied together like this before. I think the best thing about this book is that the recommendations for what to do to improve your luck are all quite easy to do, and enjoyable, so it's something that you're more likely to stick to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the mind 1 May 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This 10-year study with volunteers reveals that good fortune is not due to talent, hard work or intelligence. This scientific investigation is based upon interviews and experiments with people who consider themselves lucky; the author concludes that luck is a state of mind.
Wiseman identifies four principles that underlie a life of good fortune, adherence to which will draw good luck into the life of the individual. These are 1. The belief that you are lucky (lucky people create, notice and act upon chance opportunities. They also have a relaxed attitude to life. 2. Lucky people make success happen by using their intuition and gut feelings. 3. One must expect good fortune, hold fast to this belief and persevere in attempting to achieve your goals. 4. Lucky people have a knack for transforming back luck into good luck. One must affirm your good fortune and have a strong conviction that everything will work out for the best.
The text is illustrated by graphs from the research plus some black and white illustrations of playing cards. Overall the conclusions are quite impressive and I find the results of the study very convincing. There are plenty of exercises and the book concludes with notes that include bibliographic references. It is heartening to finally see scientific proof of the claims made by sages and esotericists down the ages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who needs some luck
Life lessons and the answer to getting lucky in a handy sized book - open the doors to your new found luck..
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. Hockaday
5.0 out of 5 stars Came across this by luck ;)
Fascinating examination of the psyche

Recommend it to anyone who can read and has an open mind

Started dabbling with the exercises and already feeling more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R M C Scanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective
Very well written from cover to cover - have found it a good alternative to positive thinking type books which never really worked for me,
Published 6 months ago by DP
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck factor.
This book was brought as a Xmas present and has fulfilled all the requirments of the person wanting it. A book apparently that really makes you think.
Published 6 months ago by Michael WELLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help people increase their luck
I finished this book and used the techniques recommended and I got two job offers.

Easy read too, I flew through it on my commute. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JoLovely
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have discovered this book!
A book filled with practical exercises, scientific study and a way to boost self awareness and life satisfaction. I hope to use it with a parents group I work with.
Published 6 months ago by Martine Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
When I bought this I was under the impression that it was Kylie Minogue's autobiography. It turned out to be so much more. It's all about being lucky and how you too can be lucky. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wendy Wynde
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book at a great price
I bought this book after downloading it onto my phone, knowing that i will read it again well after i've changed my phone. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RyanD
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it....
wish i'd read it years ago OMG......so much truth to be gained especially if like me you feel you are unlucky... Read more
Published 14 months ago by chris bannell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I loved reading this book. Very insightful and very interesting. Luck analysed down to a system that you could incorporate into your life and improve your chances of success.
Published 18 months ago by Pen Name
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