Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

How to Get Lucky


In his book, “Delivering Happiness” and his many speeches, Tony Hseih  talks about “luck” and how it compares to optimism.  There was an experiment done where people were asked to rank how lucky they are by asking the question:

On a scale from 1 to 10, do good things just happen to you a lot or never?

Then these same people were put into a room and asked to read a newspaper that had been especially printed for them. They were asked to count the photographs in the entire paper- front page to back page.   About half way through the paper, however, there was a giant fake advertisement that said something to this effect:

If you are counting photos, you can stop now, this was just a test to see if you would notice it, you now win $100 and can go home!

The results were amazing… the people who considered themselves as unlucky by saying “Good things never happen to me,” by a large margin missed the ad and finished the task, reported the number of photos and left.    The “lucky” ones, by a high margin, walked away sooner with $100 in their pocket.

Learn your own lesson here, and I’ll skip to the probing questions:   Are you paying attention enough? Are you optimistic that things good might happen to you if you are open to them?  Do you try new things? Do you meet new people? Do you meet new people? Do you meet new people?

Do you meet new people?

I have a strong opinion that meeting new people is one of the most valuable ways anyone can spend their time if you want to “get lucky” and move forward in a successful and happy life.  Introvert, extravert, hermit, hobo, I don’t care what you think about networking or meeting people — it’s like exercise, if you make yourself do it it will reward you. Get over your own stubbornness about thinking you are shy or someone who doesn’t like to network, or whatever. Just get over it. One foot in front of the other.

Invest in optimism for yourself. Invest in being open and aware to what’s around you, and surround yourself with new people, new ideas at all points in life.

I don’t make many claims about helping you, but I promise if you do this: luck will find you.


  • Dave Will says:

    I like this post. Great points. Perceived luck isn’t always luck.

    October 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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