How do you catch the winds of luck?

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I often twitch when I hear the word luck being used as so often it’s in a detrimental way either to the person using it or to the person it’s being directed to.

It was directed at me last year and sparked a rant which you can watch here.

It’s still something high on my radar and I tend to check in with myself or someone who is using it as to what is really mean by the term ‘luck’. As often what is being described as ‘luck’ is the result of years of hard work, effort and dedication that we may not have seen — not some miraculous overnight success that the ‘lucky’ person has had no part in.

So can we do anything about luck or change our luck?

What we call luck is often the result of years of hard work, effort and dedication Click To Tweet

I watch this TED talk a while ago and think that ‘luck’ strategies are explained brilliantly by Tina Seelig.

 

Through her studies Tina and her team discovered what she refers to as the ‘winds of luck’ and provide three strategies so that anyone can have a chance of being lucky.

I won’t do a full spoiler of all three strategies, but I want to highlight one of them.

The one that I have been doing since I was four years old!

Tina describes it as changing your relationship to people and more specifically appreciating them, explicitly.

She shares a story of a guy who had applied twice for a programme she was running and twice he had not been successful.

He sent her a note, thanking her for the opportunity and highlighting all that he had learnt through the process.

Tina was so taken back by his gracious note that she invited him for a coffee. They chatted and decided to work on a project together, which he later turned into a business.

Put in the effort to say thank you. You never know how far it will go. Click To Tweet

He put the effort to say thank you. To be gracious and appreciate the process he had been through and what it had given him. He, I suspect, had no expectation of Tina offering to meet up, or even that their meeting would lead to a project and later a business.

It’s a very simple ‘luck’ strategy that anyone of us could apply.

And until I watched Tina’s talk I hadn’t realised that it had connections to luck.

You see, saying thank you is something that I have been doing, trained to do, since I was a kid.

We were taught to write thank you letters and cards every birthday and Christmas.

Taught to say thank you on leaving a friend’s house after dinner or a party.

In fact, I’m British, so let’s be honest I have been taught to say thank you EVERYWHERE!!! 🙂

I was sharing this with a client recently as the topic of luck had cropped up and they laughed

“Jules, it’s why I arrange for you to work with us. You sent me a thank you email after the conference. And out of the 200 attendees, you were the only one who sent us appreciation. You stood out!

I hadn’t realised.

It’s easy to say thank you when we have had a good time, enjoyed ourselves or been given the job/promotion/project.

What about saying thank you when we perceive that we have been rejected (don’t get me started on that word…there will be a blog post about that at some point for sure!) or let down or things didn’t go the way we wanted?

Can we say thank you then?

Can we be gracious?

Because these are the times that we could stand out and potentially catch the winds of luck.

If you want to increase your chances of becoming even luckier then watch the whole of Tina’s video. Obviously there are no guarantees of a lottery win, but by putting these three strategies into place, you could hear even more people telling you how lucky you are!

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