August 18, 2004
News & Opinion: Creating Your Own Luck
The name I affectionately gave those who seize serendipity and capture coincidence is You Never Know It Alls. Having heard the phrase 'you never know' all of my life and having said it more ofter than I can remember, it continues to have impact on creating luck. You Never Know It Alls dont conform to the Keep it to yourself, play your cards close to your chest school. They are people who are open and that openness is the lynchpin of their so-called luck. First and foremost, the people featured in How To Create Your Own Luck talk to people they dont know. TRAIT ONE: Talk to strangers. First revealed in How To Work A Room, as an antidote to the warning Dont talk to strangers, this counterintuitive trait opened up a world of possibilities for most of the people in this book. If you take a moment to think about it, you have had experiences that started with talking to someone you didnt know. Sometimes that incidental, serendipitous conversation scores a huge success and impacts the bottom line.