Last year a billionaire offered me $100,000, but first, they vetted me with a questionnaire.
I was curious to see what information they used to validate partnering with people.
Of course, it had typical questions about my background, skills, and goals, but then one of the questions threw me for a loop:
“On a scale of one to ten, how lucky are you?”
I was stunned. This question sent me down a rabbit hole. It turns out many billionaires attribute a large part of their success to luck. Even in a book I read called How to Get Rich (a corny title filled with a wealth of knowledge), author Felix Dennis, a $750,000,000 man, wrote an entire chapter on luck; how luck works, increasing your luck, avoiding bad-luck, etc.
As superstitious as it sounds, it turns out this is backed by science.
In his thought-provoking ten-year scientific study, Psychology Professor Richard Wiseman delved into the fascinating nature of luck, revealing four pivotal behaviors that distinguish lucky people from their less fortunate counterparts:
1. They’re yes-men/women. The lucky ones embrace spontaneity with open arms, seizing opportunities and adapting along the way. Rather than meticulously planning every detail, they courageously navigate life’s unpredictability.
2. Luck and intuition go hand in hand. Lucky people exhibit remarkable trust in their gut feelings when making decisions. They lean into what feels right to them.
3. They’re optimistic. They create self-fulfilling prophesies through their optimistic expectations. Their positivity sows the seeds of their fortunate outcomes.
4. They’re resilient. They may encounter the same setbacks as unlucky people, but they never give up on transforming negative situations.
The questions remain: Is luck a quality reserved for a few people? Or can anyone be lucky? Even a person with bad-luck?
Well, Wiseman tested these questions by getting people to apply these techniques, and the results were outstanding:
“Eighty percent of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives, and, perhaps most important of all, luckier. Unlucky people had become lucky, and lucky people had become even luckier.”
Rewire your luck. Make bad-luck good and good-luck great by simply adopting the techniques.
So, billionaires aren’t crazy. The reason they believe in luck isn’t because luck finds you; it’s because you create your luck.
Luck isn’t a random occurrence. It’s a reaction to the energy you put out into the world.
Billionaires want to surround themselves with people who are opportunistic, self-trusting, optimistic, and resilient.
You should, too.