Radhia Gleis
5 min readMar 7, 2023

Ever think to yourself, “They’ve got all the luck”? It’s just their luck that an equally skilled or talented person gets that dream job you always wanted. Or those who find the love of their life are often chalked up to being “lucky in love.” Well, it turns out that luck may be more scientific than superstition. In a ten-year study by Richard Wiseman, experiments showed the nature of luck, and the study revealed that, to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune. The results also showed that it is possible to cultivate the amount of luck that people may encounter.

“Lucky people are often convinced that these opportunities are the result of pure chance…But …these seemingly chance opportunities are the result of lucky people’s psychological makeup. . . . Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

This is not to be confused with luck at the gambling table or the slot machines. That is a matter of odds and mathematical statistics. And even in those scenarios, professional gamblers master the ability to calculate those odds and play games of chance with great skill, not superstition.

Wiseman started out as a stage magician. He realized that the art of magic relies more on psychology than trickery. The true secret behind magic lies in clever psychological techniques that exploit limitations in the way our brains work. Visual illusions occur when there is a mismatch…