I don’t meet new people everyday, but when I do, this is what happens. Conversation between me and new dude:
Me: Okay, nice meeting you! Hope to see you soon.
New Dude: Same to you! *wide smile*
After 10 minutes, I get a Whatsapp message from you-know-who…
New Dude: Hey, I can’t help put my finger on it but you remind me of an article that I’ve read recently.
Me: Ah, really? What is it?
New Dude: You are exactly the lucky type of person that this article is talking about. (Y)
Me: *reads article* Haha, the only thing that I can agree with the article is that I am pretty positive in general
New Dude: Ya ya, the positivity + always smiling
Me: Is it?!
New Dude: Ya! You make me want to smile back when you smile. 🙂
Me: Aww thank you. ^_^
Well, I don’t have a story as elaborate as Timothy Dexter, but I would like to consider myself lucky in life too. Although I did have to brave through quite a few difficult times, both in personal or work, I think I am doing okay in both lives now. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those difficult times too, and they only make me appreciate a lot more of what I have now.
According to the rest of the article, here are a few winning traits of lucky people.
- Extroverted, sociable and smile twice as often
- Open to new experiences (e.g. willing to talk to new people, travel to new places)
- Optimistic (Positive expectations lead to self-fulfilling prophecies)
- Extremely quick ability to accurately predict the number of photographs in newspapers
Other than Number 4, I rate myself fairly high on the first three points. I would tell you that I am not extroverted by nature because it’s a front that I put up, but any one of my close friends would tell you that I’m lying in a heartbeat if you ever had a chance to meet them. Also, I try to see the best out of every situation and seldom get angry over the small stuff.
I think to be a good investor, you would need to be positive about Mr. Market. Otherwise, it would be very hard to convince yourself to take the first step, because all you can see are the potential losses that you might have. Optimism, coupled with sound reasoning and facts to back up your decision, could make you richer than many other people already. Of course, there are other elements that can also be peppered in to make an investor even better, but I would like to think that optimism is one key factor as well.
So do you think that luck is fallen upon people by fate or destiny, or created by yourself? I live by this philosophy in life about opportunities, that they will present to you when you get the 3 Rights – Right Place, Right Time, Right Person/People. Taking the above 3 traits and applying it to this philosophy, if you are more sociable, open to new experiences and optimistic about situations, wouldn’t that increase the odds for opportunities to present themselves to you?
Maybe another question that we can also ask ourselves is if we want to be luckier in life, and can we do a little bit every day to incorporate those 3 personalities and make ourselves lucky. I am not limiting being lucky to these characteristics, but I do agree with the article that they make a good starting position for someone who wants to improve their quality of life. I would say that it isn’t a tiny bit difficult, and it really only boils down to how much the individual wants to change.
And remember, change is the only constant in the world.
Thanks for reading!
Miss Niao xoxo