How to manufacture luck according to Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig is a prominent author and TED speaker and has written three powerful books on creativity one of them being Ingenious which is short crash course on creativity.  In one of her books, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she discusses about the concept of luck and argues that luck is usually manufactured. 

Luck is not something out of the ordinary or something that happens by chance as everyone believes. Instead, luck is something that happens to those who have manufactured and created it.  In the sixth chapter she describes the ways in which luck is manufactured by successful individuals who appear to be lucky. The following are the features of people who are lucky based on Tina Seelig:

  1. Lucky people pay attention to what is happening around them. Lucky people do not live on autopilot waiting to see where life takes them next. Instead they are always attentive and actively scanning the surroundings to see the opportunities around them. This enables them to extract great value and satisfaction from their surroundings. Lucky people tend to be very observant about their environment. They are the ones who usually identify a new person in their locality. They are the ones likely to see new businesses and trends in the community or even the first ones to identify new individuals in their environment who need assistance. 
  2. Lucky people are also open to new opportunities and are very willing to try things that are beyond their usual experience and knowledge. They are highly willing to learn something new. They can easily pick a book on an unfamiliar subject and carefully learn new things. They are willing to travel to new places. They are also willing to interact with strangers.   Individuals become lucky by exposing themselves to diverse experiences as these experiences equip them with new knowledge and understanding of the world.
  3. Lucky people are optimistic. If there is one outstanding feature of people which are considered lucky is that they have contagious optimism. Even when things don’t go their way or they fail, lucky people see it an opportunity to learn. They usually extract good lessons and experiences even from the bad happenstances.  In addition, the optimism and positivity attracts good attributes and perspective about life enabling them to overcome failure.  Therefore, manufacturing luck has something to do with turning bad experiences into good experiences.
  4. Lucky people tend to be extraverted. They are friendly to people and strive to make more eye contact with people. This enables them to meet wonderful people and to building networks with people who can be of much help and assistance to them. 
  5. Lucky people tend to recombine ideas and usually finds new and unusual ways in which they can recombine their knowledge and experiences. They are not just satisfied with the convectional knowledge they have. They try and find out new and novel ways in which they can try and apply their knowledge in new situations. Most individuals have a lot of resources but they never bother to use these resources. Lucky people on the other hand make most of all their resources. They recognize the value of their networks and deploy these resources effectively and efficiently whenever they are needed.
  6. Lucky people work hard. Lucky people don’t just sit down and wait for luck. Instead they have goals they work very hard towards the attainment of these goals.

In short, luck is not a happenstance caused by chance or improbable events. Instead, it is something that can be made by simply adopting practices that improve the individual’s chances of succeeding in an endeavor You can read more about Tina Seelig here and you and purse her book What I Wish I knew When I Was 20 here.     

Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. I write and rewrite on my blog

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