I recently read God’s Debris and just like the intro suggests, I got together with some friends to discuss it over beers after we all finished it.
I won’t get into the entire thought experiment that is the premise for the story, but one of the main takeaways is around the idea of probability. It struck a chord because Joe and I have been talking about this at length lately and it all reminded me of this article in which “luck” is considered a skill.
My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.
It’s such a simple analysis, but really poignant. Lucky people are just self-aware optimists. Opportunity is all around us, you just have to know it when you see it… and then act on it!
I remember a quote my coach gave us in college. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” - Seneca
The idea is that you practice your shot thousands of times so that when it really counts, when it’s the championship game, and you catch a pass in front of the goal… you can’t miss.
My other favorite quote on this topic is “Life is the interruptions, not the space in between.” If you put blinders on your whole life, you’ll never see the chance encounters waiting for you.
So do two things. 1. Read God’s Debris. 2. Put on a smile and seek opportunity.