- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099443244
- ISBN-13: 978-0099443247
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
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The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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"Wiseman knows the secret of a lucky life." (Daily Telegraph)
Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst others 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 apparently similar others find themselves trapped with jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives? Ten years ago, Dr. Richard Wiseman decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people...Looking at the results, Wiseman was able to identify four main factors which explained living a lucky and unlucky life. He was then able to show a group of people that considered themselves unlucky, how to think and behave like lucky people. The results were astounding with almost all participants reporting significant life changes: including increased levels of luck, self-esteem, physical well-being, confidence, and success.See all Product description
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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'. But instead of basing its conclusions on notions centered around the supernatural, we are given rational explanations as to why certain people in life appear to do better than the rest of us. Having a good mentality about life also draws more people to you as well, therefore increasing your own social circle.
As a sort of companion piece, I would also highly recommend that you read Danny Wallace's 'Yes Man'. I know some 'Law of Attraction' bloggers have cited it as the book to kick start the 'LOA' in your life, but if you're a rational human being, you'll see how silly that is. However the two books together will certainly make it FEEL as if such a thing does exist. However it is far healthier to have a change of mentality rather than an abandonment of sanity.
The book turns this into a list of techniques you can apply to make yourself luckier. Unluck most self-help books, their basis in scientific research makes these well worth trying.
My only criticism of the book is its repetitiveness, bordering on padding: points are made, summarized, re-stated and re-summarized over and over, quite unnecessarily.
It's the same with this and it is a very good publication. Excellent points and very easy to follow. Again, if you do what the publication points out, you will find changes starting in your life.
We make our own luck but it really depends on how you think.
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if you think you are a lucky person then this book will confirm that...if not then you might learn a thing or two.