I’m so happy that Inc.’s contributing editor Jeff Haden has included Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others in his roundup of “5 Great New Business Books to Read This Summer.”
I’ve talked to a lot of incredibly successful people. They all credit luck for at least part of their success. Yet when they do, I often think, “Wait… that wasn’t luck. You put yourself in that position.” Or, “You worked hard to build those connections.” Or, “You got that break because you refused to quit.”
You get the point. Total luck sometimes happens, but more often people get “lucky” because of things they did.
Using a blend of research and cool stories, Karla shows we can all learn to be a little luckier.
And that’s a skill we all can use.
Consider the nail squarely hit on the head: we can’t control every external variable in life—if our résumé was picked, if the other person thought the date went well, where we went to grammar school, or if we were given a subpar piece of equipment on game day. Actually, we can’t control anything beyond ourselves.
That’s why it’s how we habitually respond to the world and what we do while there that winds up determining our overall trajectory and who ends up breaking through.
Thank you, Jeff!!More
I’m happy to announce that CAN YOU LEARN TO BE LUCKY? WHY SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO WIN MORE OFTEN THAN OTHERS is now available for pre-order!
I’m still in the final stages of finishing the manuscript. You would think that because I started working on this nearly eight years ago that I’d be at a point of “I never want to hear the word luck again,” but in truth I couldn’t be happier to finally get this out into the world. 2018 is going to be a great year!More
I’ve decided to make a few predictions for the coming year.
I really hope you’re sitting down.More
Buy every ticket.More
I was really happy to be an on-air expert recently on CBS Sunday Morning! My blabbering ways begin about a minute in. Also, if anyone wants to pay for me to get braces, have at it.More
One of my very favorite people, the event planner extraordinaire Hannah Kane, who runs Everybody’s Invited, was kind enough to interview me about increasing luck, and posted it here. My new goal for 2014 is to mention Benedict Cumberbatch and kale in every interview.More
How can you read more? This is something I deal with all the time. I haven’t been reading tons of books lately–I’ve been reading articles from academic journals, chapters from academic books, and articles. But still, when reading is important to you, whether it’s important to you because it’s part of your job, or you’re just aware of how enriching and fulfilling the process of reading is, you always feel like you could be reading more than you currently read. That hour at night before you go to bed just doesn’t cut it.
I am absolutely in love with this post by Ryan Holiday, How To Read More. Of Time, Money, and Purpose, I think the main barrier most people face is time. Here’s what he has to say:
The key to reading lots of book begins with stop thinking of it as some activity that you do. Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.
Carry a book with you at all times. Every time you get a second, crack it open. Don’t install games on your phone–that’s time you could be reading. When you’re eating, read. When you’re on the train, in the waiting room, at the office–read. It’s work, really important work. Don’t let anyone ever let you feel like it’s not.
Do you know how much time you waste during the day? Conference calls, meetings, TV shows that you don’t really like but watch anyway. Well, if you can make time for that you can make time for reading. (Or better, just swap those activities for books)
I think that the more you read, the more important it becomes to you. The sense of purpose that reading provides builds upon itself. In this way, it’s like exercise, eating well, engaging in non-work-related hobbies, or making time for the people in your life. It may not seem incredibly important to you at first, but as you become more sane and self-disciplined, it’s really hard to go back.
When I was reviewing books full-time seven years ago, I read two books a week. This was my strategy to the T–I brought books with me everywhere and read all the time instead of playing with my phone. It makes me cringe whenever someone says “but you’re only going to have time to read a page right now, why bother?” True, you do end up breaking your reading into multiple little chunks, but it’s really surprising how far you go towards your goals when you add up all of those smaller segments of time.More
I have a book deal!! Yes, I’ve already posted it elsewhere, but you’re allowed to repeat yourself when it’s a dream you’ve worked really hard to achieve.
My editor at Portfolio/Penguin is Maria Gagliano, who was also the editor of fellow Portlander/personal hero Chris Guillebeau’s first book The Art of Non-Conformity. Because Portfolio is a business imprint and my book is a work of popular psychology, I’ve been analyzing books by Dan Pink and the Heath brothers just to see how they perfect that mix of readability and prescription. Because of all of my analyzing, I’m confident that I have the ability to write a perfectly good knock-off.
I’m so proud that Psychology Today magazine has asked me to join their roster of bloggers! Starting today, The Science of Luck will be on the Psychology Today blog network. I’ll repost some of those entries here, and will use this space to discuss other topics.More
I was half-expecting Jeff Ryan’s recent article in Slate on how he read a book a day in 2012 to be somewhat self-congratulatory. Fortunately, it wasn’t. It actually made me feel like even I might be capable of pulling off such a feat. Here’s the money quote:More