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How to Increase Your Luck in Life


Tessa Schlesinger

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How to Increase Your Luck in Life

There is a growing consensus amongst scientists that success and achievement has a lot more to do with luck than with other factors. That ties up with what I read somewhere in the early 80s when I was reading a rather large tome on the mega-wealthy men of the robber baron era. All of them mentioned luck. The general sentence I kept reading was “I was lucky – in the right at the right time with the right skills.”

Coleman Cox, author of the book ‘Quote me on this: The Wit and Wisdom of Coleman Cox,’ famously said, “I believe in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get.” Yet we all know people who don’t work that hard, or who work just as hard as we do, and yet they have all the luck.

I have been consciously applying this methodology for the past year. It works. That said, it took me a while to build up the tools to use it. I am sharing the tools I developed with you.

This booklet will examine the methods used (mostly inadvertently) by some to increase their luck. By understanding and applying these methods, we can increase our luck.

Not the Law of Attraction and No Magical Thinking Involved

This is not a book about the Law of Attraction. Nor is it about magical thinking. The Law of Attraction never worked for me, and when I began to examine why the promoters of that methodology ‘got lucky,’ I found that there were other explanations.

The Law of Attraction is a form of magical thinking. There are many forms of magical thinking – shamanism, voodoo, witch’s spells, and more. I think they belong to the realm of make-believe, and that they are best left there.

There are lucky things that have happened to me in my life, and I cannot explain them using the current information available. So I’m going to share some of these events with you because I’m pretty sure you have had things happen to you in your life that defy explanation.

I think it’s a good thing to be able to say “I don’t know.” Perhaps in another time and place, we will be able to explain those events other than random events (I am not much of a believer in random events. I just think we don’t understand the exact pathway that triggered particular events).

Luck Happens to Everybody

We define random events where we cannot find an exact cause as luck, whether it be good luck or bad luck.

So, for instance, if we are walking in the street, quite broke, and we have to pay a bill of $50, we look down and there are three $20 bills lying in the street, we consider ourselves lucky! Some would attribute it as an answer to prayer while others would call it coincidence.

I have never forgotten the day it happened to me. I had just lost $50 the previous day, and there I was walking in the street, looked down, and I saw money. I picked it up, and it was $60.

Luck. It could also be said to be synchronicity.

Luck happens to everybody. We all try to explain it in different ways. Some explain it as the outcome of their faith while others see it as random chance.

Yet knowledge combined with luck has better outcomes than faith combined with luck. here’s a good reason for that.

If one wants to be a singer, has a degree of talent, starts training when one is young, and works hard at it, one eventually becomes more accomplished than someone who merely wishes to be a singer.

So one day, the lad who has been working on it is busking on the streets, and the right person comes along and offers an opportunity. That is luck. That luck, however, would not have happened to the person who had not prepared.

The problem with faith and luck is that much is left to God answering prayers as opposed to actually developing skills and talents.

Opportunity plus skill equals luck.

Different Kinds of Luck

There are different kinds of luck. There’s the difficult-to-explain type of luck. There’s a statistical-chance type of luck. There’s the outcome-of-behaviour type of luck. There’s synchronicity, and, lastly, there’s the attractor type of luck. I’m going to cover all five in this book.

Difficult-to-Explain Type of Luck

This is the kind of luck where someone enters the lottery for the first time, buys only one ticket, and wins the main prize. Another example of this might be someone who fell out of a plane and lived to tell the tale. There are things that are so statistical improbable that sheer numbers simply cannot be the only explanation. In time, I think, we will be able to explain it.

Here are some examples of that type of luck happening to me. A lifetime ago I worked in a Casino in Maseru, a small town, in a small country called Lesotho in Africa.

In later years I came to wonder about these incidents. I have no explanation. And, no, I don’t believe them to be examples of statistics.

Incident Number One – The Couple that Wouldn’t Tip

It was the norm for a Roulette dealer to work fifty minutes and then to relieved from the table and to take a 10 minute break. When the dealer went back, the pit boss would either allocate another table or the croupier would go back to the same table.

Generally there would be two or three croupiers in the ‘croupier’s room’ taking a break at the same time.

One such week, I kept hearing stories about this couple who were winning quite a bit through implementing a particular system at the Roulette tables. The bugbear was that they didn’t tip when they won, and they were winning pretty much all the time.

The system was quite basic.

Bet two columns or two rows, and if they didn’t come up, double, and if it didn’t come up again, double again. The odds are favourable as there is a two out of three chance that the row or column will come up, or to be more precise, there is a 24/37 chance of winning. If there’s a double zero (not at this particular casino), it would be 24/38.

On day five, this couple arrived at my table. I recognized them immediately by their use of this system. When they won, I waited for them to tip. They did not.

I thought, therefore, that I should do my duty as a croupier. I thought that a little vengeance would not be remiss.

If they bet on rows 1 and 3, I would focus to spin on row 2. If they bet on column 2 and 3, I would focus on column 1. I was accustomed, by that time, to focusing on numbers and having them come up. I cannot explain that. I have never known why. I do know that I couldn’t do it now in a million years.

For the next hour and a half, whichever way the two of them bet, I spun the number that was in the column they did not bet on. I did that by simply focusing on the number. Incidentally, it is statistically unlikely for a croupier to be able to do that.

After a ninety minutes, the lady looked at the layout, then looked at me and said very loudly, “She’s psychic.” They both packed up their chips (without tipping) and went elsewhere.

Incidentally, while I was using the difficult-to-explain type of luck, this couple was using the number two type of luck – that of statistical luck.

Incident Number Two – The Nice, Regular Old Lady Who Tipped

She played at my table week after week, and whatever she bet on, I would focus on. I did that because she tipped generously. I didn’t get her numbers every single time, but I spun them sufficiently often enough for her to take home her winnings.

About a year after I left the casino, I was living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I used to go to the Holiday Inn pub virtually every night with one person or another. One night I arrived and the duty manger told me that one of the guests wanted to see me. I couldn’t imagine who would be a guest at Holiday Inn that knew me.

They went up to call her, and when she arrived, it turned out to be my regular tipping lady.

She asked me, “How was it that I always won at your table and never at anyone else’s?”

I said, “I focused on the number that you placed your money on.”

Then I walked away.

As I have since become something of a science geek since then, I’m not even begin to explain that to you.

I am merely relating my experience.

This is also an example of difficult-to-explain luck

Incident Number Three – Eric Takes the House

Eric was a professional gambler. He used to come to the casino frequently. He had the most incredible luck. If he placed his money on 17, sure enough, 17 would come up. Over a period of a week, his luck was so incredible that other punters began to imitate him.

Needless to say, the casino had a loss that week.

One early morning, nearing 3 am, with most of the casino tables closed, Eric and fellow punters were still winning. The table float had been replaced seven times, and you could say that the house was seriously down.

The particular table had one dealer and one chipper. A chipper was a person who stood next to the croupier and picked up the chips. Chippers were used when it was a fast game with a lot of people betting a lot of money.

On this particular morning, the casino manager was not closing the table, and I was called out to chip.

I watched the croupier spin number fourteen eight times in a row. I watched Eric bet each number to the maximum, letting the bet ride, and I watched other punters place their bets on the same number as Eric did.

The croupier spun once more, missed number fourteen, and then spun fourteen again. Naturally, everybody had their money on fourteen.

At that point, the casino manager told me to deal. I was somewhat surprised as I had only been dealing for some six months at that point.

Still, I took the table, and as any person of good character will tell you, one should be loyal to one’s employers. So I started focusing on spinning numbers where Eric had not bet.

In thirty minutes, I had retaken a substantial amount of money from both Eric and the other punters.

The casino manager called for the table to close.

Eric wasn’t happy.

This is also an example of difficult-to-explain luck.

Incident Number Four – Those Vacant Threes!

From time to time, the casino had promotions. During this time, the big-time punters were invited to stay at the hotel free of charge. Their meals and accommodation were paid for by the casino. Naturally, the millions they lost made it a worthwhile investment for the casino.

During those times, we would work seven-day weeks, sometimes fifteen to eighteen hours per shift. There was little time to sleep, and it was exhausting. It was exciting as well, and to this day, whenever I hear Barry White crooning, I flashback to the glamour and excitement.

Casino etiquette was very different to that of the casinos I worked in in California. In California, dealers wore black trousers, a white shirt, and a dicky bow. It looked disgusting. I have no idea why any operation would want to make their staff look so unattractive.

In Maseru, we were given a variety of long evening dresses and, each shift, we would be told which dress we would be wearing. We glittered and we looked glamorous, and so did the punters. Monte Carlo comes to mind. It was really much more like the casinos in James Bond movies than the Las Vegas scene. The guys all wore black tux.

In addition, slot machines were not permitted in the casino proper, so there wasn’t the incessant noise of slot machines ringing out loudly to declare winnings.

It was a sophisticated and refined operation.

The promotion had already been going for a week. I had gone to bed at six in the morning, pretty much having dealt all night, and I was due to deal again at midday again. So I was not in the best mood ever.

When I arrived at my table, I was more the hell in than ever. It was packed six people deep. Every number on the layout was covered to the maximum with four or five people’s bets on each number. Rows, corners, splits, straight-ups – there wasn’t a free inch on that table.

But wait! I lie!

Number three was completely empty. Not a single bet lay on that number. I focused on it and I spun. I just wanted all those people to go. I truly did not feel like dealing to the fifty or sixty people that were betting on that particular table.

Number three came up.

“Three. Red three,” I announced and cleared the layout. There wasn’t a single bet to play out.

There was also rather a stunned silence.

‘Place your bets please,” I said. And then I spun the wheel.

Three was empty. Again. The rest of the layout was packed to capacity. Every number was bet to the maximum. I focused on three.

“No more bets” I announced as I heard the ball slowing down.

Then the ball feel – on three.

“Three. Red three,” I announced.

Again, there was a stunned silence, and again, I cleared the layout. Great income for the house, but anyway. No tips, of course.

“Place your bets,” I said. Then I waited to see which number would be empty. Would you believe three?

These people clearly had something against the number three. Either that, or they had never heard the maxim ‘Follow the dealer.’

So I focused on three, and the ball fell into number three. I cleared the layout and watched with glee as all my punters departed. I had an empty table, and there I stood for the next twenty five minutes not having to deal. I was so relieved.

By the way, it’s wise in the ways of the casino to follow the croupier. Always bet what the croupier spins. Or bet in the vicinity of the wheel that s/he spins.

There’s a reason for that.

Croupiers develop a rhythm. They spin at the same speed and the ball tends to fall in the same general vicinity. It’s one of the reasons that croupiers take a break and are then relocated to a different table. An experienced dealer, of course, varies her spin.

So What Happened?

I have no idea.

Those were the days when I never understood much of anything. To be honest, looking back, I was a complete idiot.

I genuinely thought that, as per Uri Gellar, one could focus on something, and it would happen.

These days, forty five years later, I can only wonder what was in my head.

Well, maybe I do have an idea.

Brain Waves

The human brain has four different brain rhythms – beta, alpha, theta, and delta.

Beta is the fastest and delta is the slowest. Beta is the rhythm that we use when we talk, interact with others, do our work, etc. It is the brainwave that we use during normal interactions when we are awake.

Alpha is somewhat more slowly. It is here that we retreat to when we go in the zone. We become more imaginative, work for long spells of time without feeling it, and do things really well.

When I’m ‘in the zone’ and I’m writing fiction, the story simply downloads into my head very quickly, and I type it as it ‘downloads.’

Theta is that period just before we fall asleep. It’s a hazy time, and that moment from wakefulness to sleep is but a brief moment. Yet it is in this moment that those who speak of psychic phenomena tell us we see things.

I believe them. I’ve certainly seen things. Of course, I wouldn’t argue with you about it because I might be totally delusional. I accept that.

Then there’s delta – the very, very slow brain wave that takes place when we are sleeping.

Joe Silva

Joe Silva was a parapsychologist who believed that when the brain was in alpha, it could achieve things not possible in beta state. He trained people to get their brains into an alpha state. He believed it increased IQ. The thing I find more interesting, though, is that is that he experienced telepathy as a result.

He also won a lottery when the numbers appeared to him in a dream one night.

What fascinated me about Joe Silva’s experiences is that some of his experiences overlapped my own.

Brain Entrainment

In the early 90s, I got hold of Dr. Lloyd Glaubermann’s hypnotic recordings. I was supposed to listen to them for half an hour two or three times a week. I listened to them for three hours a day, seven days a week for six months.

And then one day at work, while calling on clients, I started hearing their thoughts. I thought they had said something and answered their questions before they spoke.

I received some pretty bizarre looks with questions like “How did you know I was going to ask that?”

I didn’t. I heard their thoughts.

Again, I can’t explain this to you.

It just happened to me the entire day. I was totally freaked out. I went home and never listened to another Glaubermann HPP recording again.

Nevertheless, I was still into brain entrainment. I had changed incredibly as a result of the technology, and I wanted more.

So I purchased a sound and light machine.

All it did was put me to sleep.

So I went to see the guy who sold it to me.

He attached some gizmos to my head and then told me to close my eyes and watch some pictures. I did. Within a minute or so, I felt myself going through a wonderful experience, traveling through the universe (all imagination) and I loved it. I am a storyteller at heart, and I had started reading Sci Fi in the early 60s.

Then, unexpectedly, I started falling into a deep blackness. I screamed and I jumped out of the chair.

“What’s happening?” asked the guy who had attached the electrodes (I think that’s what they are called) to my head.

“I went into a deep blackness. What happened?”

“You went into delta state.”

He then said to me, “I would normally advise people to use this machine every day. I would advise you never to use it. Your brain is already very slow. That’s your natural operating level.”

He offered to buy the sound and light equipment back.

Incidentally, nearly twenty five years later, I was a control for some research at UCSD (University of California, San Diego). The lady doctor told me that my brain waves were the quietest and most regular she had ever seen. She said that when things bleeped, I didn’t respond/jump/jerk. I just remained perfectly peaceful.

A Crackpot Hypothesis

I cannot even begin to hazard a guess as to why those things happened to me. I know they did. I also know that people will tell me it’s my imagination, that I’m a liar, and that it is scientifically impossible.

And that’s okay.

I don’t care.

They happened.

I can’t explain them.

I’m not going to try to.

I do, however, put forth something of a hypothesis.

Perhaps when our brains function at a slower rhythm, it becomes capable of things we have not yet measured.

I don’t know.

Time will tell.

Replicating Difficult-to-Explain Type of Luck

In order to replicate something, it’s important to understand the process. When the process is not understood, it cannot be replicated.

However I am still not going to tell you that these were answers to prayers or some type of magical thinking like the law of attraction at work. The reason I’m not going to tell you that is that when something is the true cause of something, it can be repeated over and over again, and the same thing will happen.

So, for instance, I can give you a blanket guarantee that if I drop a porcelain cup from a ten foot balcony to the road below, it will break. I might not know if it will break into ten pieces or twenty pieces, but break it will, and every time I do that, the same result will happen. The cup will break.

The problem with any sort of magical thinking is that it cannot be consistently replicated, and that means that it isn’t the true explanation for what is happening.

So we cannot replicate the difficult-to-explain type of luck because we don’t know what is causing it. Could they be random events? I spent fourteen months in a casino spinning roulette wheels. What I did through (supposed) thought was frequent enough for punters to notice. I think there was something else at play, but I don’t know what it was, and now 45 years later, I truly doubt I could replicate it.

Actually, I know I can’t because when I dealt in California in 35 years later, I couldn’t do it. I must be honesty, though. I didn’t try.

In any event, that’s not the kind of luck this little booklet is about. I’m going to write about the kind of luck that can be replicated – the statistical type and the attractor type.

This is about taking a number of steps so that you can increase your luck in finding the right jobs, getting better opportunities, meeting a lovely partner, and so on. I call this the luck of the billionaires. It’s even about the type of luck that could win you a lottery or two. As other people have consistently won lotteries through applying the Statistical type of luck, you can, too. You can also definitely win those things you deeply desire through applying the attractor method.

The Statistical Type of Luck

This is the kind of luck where certain steps are taken in order to stand a statistically improved chance of obtaining what one wants.

Joan Ginther has won approximately $27 million on the lottery in nine years. That’s four large wins with many smaller ones. Her first win, according to various articles I read, is difficult to explain, and it, therefore, falls into the first category of hard-to-explain luck. After that, she used her Ph.D in statistics to figure out the odds, and she played those odds. It’s not the complete story, and we will never know the complete story, but she has bought millions of dollars of lottery tickets throughout the years she has been playing. Had she bought only one and continued to win on that, it would be difficult-to-explain luck. That, however is not how she has continued to win. She has bought many, many lottery tickets and is dependent on the statistical chances of winning.

Richard Lustig is another lottery winter who used the statistical method. Here is what his website says. “He knew that the more he played, the more he increased his chances of winning. Every time he lost, he knew that he increased his odds of winning. That is why he bought multiple tickets. He picked several tickets from the same batch, a factor that increased his odds of winning. He also attributes his success to discipline, strategy and patience.”

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