The Luck Formula

How do you increase your luck?

Matthias Karner
The Shortform

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Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash

How lucky are you?

Everybody has lucky moments, but can you influence your luck?

Yes, you can!

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. — Seneca

In my opinion, this definition is extremely empowering: Luck is something you can actually influence (by preparing yourself).

Reading about success stories often makes us believe that they just got lucky. This is a self-protection mechanism: if we’d be so lucky, we’d also be so successful right?

But the thing is, most lucky people (let’s take lottery winners out of the equation) just were prepared once a big moment came. I really like the proverb: “It takes months and years of preparation to become an overnight success.”

How can you influence your own luck then?

  • Preparation: Be curious and have an open mindset.
  • Opportunity: Expose yourself to as many opportunities as possible. Build your network, go to events, and talk to people.

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Matthias Karner
The Shortform

Digitalization & IT Leader. Avid Reader. Dedicated Writer. Engineering PhD. Productivity Enthusiast.