- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786869143
- ISBN-13: 978-0786869145
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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"Wiseman knows the secret of a lucky life." (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A revolutionary study of luck, and its power to transform our lives --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
Like Richard Wiseman's '59 Seconds', this book is based on foundations of legitimate psychology, but here you will not be bogged down by anything you won't understand. Instead the book, to its great credit, is presented on layman's terms. It explains how it is that though the majority of people will encounter equal amounts of both good and bad luck, but it is their manner in which they handle situations where they have a change of mentality. A person who perceives themselves as 'Lucky' for example is more likely to take advantage of opportunities, or will spot opportunities far easier than a person who encounters 'bad' luck. Indeed the two sides could even interpret a car crash differently, with a person with a 'Lucky' mentality interpreting it as "At least I'm still alive". The difference with a "Unlucky" person would be their interpretation of "Just my luck, I WOULD have to get into a car accident wouldn't I!"
This is what makes this book so wonderful, and indeed can help it SEEM like there really is a 'Law of Attraction'.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone knows the importance of a positive outlook on life and blah blah but very few practice it. This book really hit it home for me... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amanjit
This might havd made a good self help book, showing how one's attitude to life events can imapact on everything from ones mood, to how similar events play out in the future. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Subtle Sensor Photography
This book is interesting and was bought to complement the audio book from audible as it was hard to do the exercises from the audio commentary. Read morePublished 10 months ago by katedi
I put this book in the recycling bin to save mankind from this trite offering.
Did not enjoy it, the stories are construction to help a manic depressed person feel 25%... Read more
To those of you who think we make our own luck then this is the book for you! If you want to change your attitude to life then this is the book for you too!Published 17 months ago by Dr Grumpy