Las Vegas, NV, September 09, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Successful people are only too willing to claim their success was the result of their effort, preparation, intelligence, and good judgment. That isn’t necessarily so according to a new book, by Dr. Ben Carlsen, titled simply: “Luckability.” “Luck plays a bigger role in an individual’s success or failure than we could ever imagine,” he asserts. However, when asked in a 2015 survey if they’d rather be lucky than smart, an astounding 78% said No. Moreover, almost half of the respondents felt they deserved the bad luck they experienced. “Too many people are confused about luck, feel they don’t deserve good luck, or don’t know how and where to find it,” according to Dr. Carlsen.
In this highly competitive and increasingly uncertain twenty-first century a person needs every performance edge they can obtain. And luck is the biggest advantage. The book offers a comprehensive view of luck from multiple perspectives including scientific studies, religion and luck, cultural differences, superstitions, gambling, examples of lucky people, metaphors, philosophical views, and practical applications.
The author describes two types of luck: “Natural luck,” the kind that can’t be controlled and the universe doles out to everyone in unequal measures; and Luckability (Ability luck) which can be learned and mastered. The book describes various techniques such as: “looking for luck” (some people don’t bother), “networking” to increase opportunities, “reframing” experiences in a more positive light, and “self-talk” aimed at increasing confidence and willingness to take risks. Readers are offered checklists and questionnaires to assess their understanding of the concepts and invited to conduct a self-administered experiment to see if Luckability works for them.
The “science of luck” is clearly in its infancy with a rapidly growing body of knowledge and this book is at the forefront. Carlsen, a college professor and researcher, wryly states “someday we’ll be teaching ‘Luckability 101’ at universities; it’s certainly more useful than many of the current course offerings.”
“Luckability” is published by Palm Springs Publishing, and now available at Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.