Jeremy Goldsmith’s company had a lot of business but was short of cash. Potential partners, well aware of his weakness, were offering humiliating deals to save the company. Early in July 1957, this millionaire’s game seemed up. He could not pay his bills and knew that he would now have to declare bankruptcy. On a Monday morning he left his house to inform his bankers. Passing by a newspaper kiosk, he saw the miraculous headline BANK STRIKE screaming at him. This strike saved Goldsmith. It was the first such strike in two decades, and lasted more than a week. A week was time enough to negotiate the sale of the pharmaceutical business with his main competitor. The proceeds gave him a comfortable financial cushion, which he subsequently exploited to the most.
Even to take advantage of good luck, one has to work hard. If your sailboat is parked at the shore, how will you benefit from favourable winds? If you have not practiced sailing, how would you adjust the sails when the wind blows in your favour? Chances are, if your senses have rusted due to disuse, you might not even be able to recognize the favourable wind. To be able to spot your lucky chance as well as to exploit it, you have to strive.
The right attitude is to wait for the universe to sing your song. Meanwhile, all the time, practise painstakingly on your keyboard, so that when the universe breaks into a song for you, you are ready to add your music to its lyric.
Hard work is desire, with its hands to the plough. It is a powerful magnet to universal energy. When the clouds see you sweat, they are tempted to rain.
Kindness is a strong catalyst to bring about good luck. Kindness is the fountainhead of many virtues. If we single-mindedly pursue kindness, several other virtues sprout out. If we are kind, we will be fair, polite, generous, loving and empathetic. Uncalled-for harshness, arrogance and the inability to feel the impact of one’s words on others bode ill for man. Often these are the most important reasons for failure and for losing friends. And losing friends (network) is losing luck.
Networking is a vital ingredient for good luck. There are two types of networking. In one you try to keep meeting new people, strike a conversation, hand out a card, try to connect again and befriend. It suits some. The other kind of networking is when you launch products in the market, it could be a book, an album, a film, a TV show, an exhibition. Some creation or activity that gets you noticed and recognized. In the first kind of networking you need to proclaim who all you know. In the second kind of networking people proclaim that they know you. Choose the one which suits you but understand and acknowledge the power of networking.
Note also that the really big breaks in your life will usually not come from your immediate friend circle but from friends of friends. As your friends are usually from similar social class and mindsets and therefore they spot the same opportunities as you do. But a friend of a friend could be operating in a different, bigger, orbit and may prove instrumental in carrying you to it. But remember that the fairest way to get into the good books of a friend’s friend is by getting unconditional endorsement from the first friend. Value such endorsements as these can catapult you to success.
Humility is equally important. Humble people get more opportunities than the arrogant. And what is luck but opportunities? Why do humble people get more opportunities? Because people like their company and like to have such people around them. Also, an arrogant man is disrespectful to others. If you know a friend of yours is arrogant, wouldn’t you be wary of hanging around him? Would you like him to accompany you at social get-togethers or would you prefer a humble friend’s company?
- Dreams are big contributors to good luck. In fact, dreams are the software of good luck.
- Wisdom also bears luck. Wise behaviour avoids mindless wars and the consequent diversion of energy.
- Wise friends bring luck by giving you right advice, sensitizing you to the tenor of the times as also through their enabling presence. Wisdom is a magnet to opportunities and personal growth. Wise well-wishers help you tread the path of opportunities.
Ancient wisdom suggests there are two laws that govern our destiny. It was Pythagoras who, for the first time, elucidated these two laws — the Law of the Earth, and the Law of the Sky. Understanding these laws will also help you manufacture good luck.
What is the Law of the Earth? It is akin to the law of gravitation. It pulls you down as you strive to rise. It has its own uses. Through its constant opposition to man’s will to rise, it strengthens the will power.
What is the Law of the Sky? This is akin to levitation. It pulls you up. Till the time one is banking solely on his efforts, he operates within the sphere of the influence of the Law of the Earth. Once, he recognizes the existence of the Law of the Sky and falls within its purview, the results of his efforts grow manifold. Once he falls within the purview of the Law of the Sky, he starts falling upwards. For this law to be able to pull you up and help you grow, you need the following:
- You have to be open to the possibility of its existence. Just because science has not accepted its existence doesn’t mean it does not exist. Newton may have discovered the Law of Gravitation just three centuries ago, but it was operational since the Big Bang, or perhaps earlier. Just because we don’t have the instruments to measure the Law of the Sky, we cannot deny its existence. Instruments will come, but by then you will not be around. So, try to experience its buoyancy while you are and enjoy the ride.
- You should be living close to your nature — without pretences. And without guilt and misgivings.
- Your equations with your loved ones should be in equilibrium, else the psyche stays troubled. And not only do you disturb this energy field, but also cannot perform up to your potential.
- You can’t actively seek to experience this law. You have to passively wait for it to include you in its ambit.
Prayer also affects your fortune. Real prayer is not just an inventory of supplies to God (supernatural power); it is more relational than acquisitive. You position yourself with respect to God by praying to him; you align yourself with the universal force field.
Prayer changes you. Sometimes it also influences God.
The power of prayer is indisputable. Prayer helps you get rid of your fears as you approach the supreme power through it. It also gives you hope. By helping you tackle your fears and raising hope, it prepares you for action. Also, praying truly to a higher power subdues your ego. Implicit in prayer is the surrender of your ego. This is one of the most important benefits of prayer. The wall of ‘I’ that you have created between yourself and the universe crumbles eventually through this surrender. And when it does, there is an upsurge. The universe sings its song in you and a thousand flowers bloom.