Friday, November 11, 2011


This article “The Luck Factor” by Richard Wiseman was very informative and interesting. It gave great examples and covered a lot of material. I especially liked how Mr. Wiseman talked about many factors such as superstition, opportunities, and counter-factual thinking. Mr. Wiseman also explained or bebunked some old superstitions such as knocking on wood and black cats. It makes sense that “how you deal with bad luck” is also important.I did not really like the experiment with the white and black cats, but thought the newspaper one was clever. Mr. Wiseman stats “lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. (1) they are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities,(2) make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition(3), create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, (4) and adopt resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.” I feel that is a perfect way to put it. Whether you a skeptic or a believer, pay attention to every opporunity you get.


  1. I agree Sean paying attention to every opportunity is important. Every and any opportunity can change your life and make you or break you. Also, keeping an open mind and noticing the broader picture instead of just focusing on one detail can give you more opportunities or limit your opportunities.

  2. I agree with you both. Overall, the article was good, and I agree with your opinion on the experiments.