The Book of Luck

The Book of Luck

By Heather Summers and Anne Watson

Are some people just born lucky? The answer is no, people control their own fortunes. There are seven luck indicators in life.

1. Control-ability
2. Stick-ability
3. Risk-ability
4. Sense-ability
5. Socia-ability
6. Percept-ability
7. Person-ability


This is about choosing and flexing our responses to events and any situation that arises, no matter how difficult it may be. Situation + Response = Consequence

When you take responsibility for your life and your luck, you know that you will reap what you sow. Whatever happens to you, you will see it as a consequence of your own actions and thoughts.

It is about perseverance, tenancity and following things through – even when the odds are against you. It is about finishing off what you start. Lucky people are people who don’t give up. All seven indicators of luck work together, but perhaps only stick-ability needs to be supported by one or more of the other indicators if you are to considered lucky or successful.

Many people work very hard, and stick at something long after others give up, but are not successful because they have not got the self-awareness of high Percept-Ability. Alternatively, they perhaps have low risk-ability and are not open to the ideas and views of others- they work in a vacuum.

This is the confidence to take a chance rather than plumping for the safe bet, as well as having an open mindset and a willingness to explore and experiment with new ways of thinking and doing things. Your luck will change if you allow new ways of thinking and behaving to come into your life. In order for that to happen, you have to open your mind to new possibilities.

Quiz : Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four of them decide to jump in. How many are left on the log?

Answer : It could be one,two,three, four or five because there is another step after ‘decision’ called ‘action’. Four of them decided to jump off but we don’t know if they did it or not.

This is the skill of using all our senses and feelings to heighten our awareness of lucky opportunities. It includes using our emotional intelligence, gut feel and intuition. It recognises the value of coincidence.

When we are stressed, we don’t take in information as readily as we do when we are relaxed. Nor can we express ourselves as well; somehow our channels of communication become blocked. Learn to listen to your body. Learn to listen to your gut feel. Luck from the past creates luck in the future.

This is the talent to relate easily to other people in a wide variety of contexts. It includes being comfortable with striking up conversations with people we don’t know, being proactive about keeping up with the people we don’t know and generally going out of our way to the network.

Lucky people with high levels of Socia-ability know people from all walks of life. They are at ease in all social situations and know how to behave appropriately. They recognize the social or networking events they want to go to and maximise the value they get out of them.

This is all about how we look at life, events, ourselves and others. Do we have good expectations? Do we always see the positive side of negative events or people? Buy a notebook and give it a name – you could call it your ‘Life’s going my way’ Journal. At the end of every day, jot down at least one thing you are pleased about , something that has gone well or a positive experience.

Read previous entries in your ‘Life’s going my way’ Journal before going to bed so that your mind has positive things to dwell on before going to sleep.

This is about knowing ourselves well enough to recognise what works well for us and what can work against us. Life will never go your way if on top of all those other qualities that contribute to luck, you lack the sense of who you are and what naturally works in your favour and what naturally holds you back.

Person-ability is the luck indicator that supports all the others particularly well. It would be possible, for example to have high stick-ability and carry on doing something that we just don’t have the intelligence or flair for, and then wonder why it turns out to be a waste of time.

When faced with a problem, sit on your own in a room where you won’t be disturbed by the telephone or people. No distractions in the form of food or music are allowed. All you are allowed to do is change where you are sitting and change your posture, as this will give you a different perspective. Now empty your mind and aim to think of nothing. This will be like snow shaker where the snow eventually settles and the scene is revealed in total clarity – the same applies to our minds.


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