August 18, 2004

News & Opinion: Creating Your Own Luck

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 4:23 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.