- Self-described "lucky" people had fortunate chance encounters.
- Lucky people were more observant in experimental trials.
- Unlucky people are generally more anxious than lucky people.
- Self-described lucky people continue being lucky; unlucky people continue being unlucky.
- A "luck school" by the experimenter was successful in teach people how to be luckier.
The second important conclusion to the study is that it identified the four principles that allow a person to generate good fortune. These are, essentially, the character traits that distinguish a lucky person from an unlucky person.
- Skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities
- Make lucky decisions by following their intuition
- Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations
- Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good
The moral of these four traits can be summed up like this: Keep a positive outlook, because your own perception of events is what really matters. Be flexible, and don't let opportunity pass you by.
Don't be afraid to take chances.