Scott Adams talking about luck and the luck factor:
A researcher named Dr. Richard Wiseman studied luck and lucky people – he was trying to find out if there was any such thing as luck. Of course there isn’t, but he did discover one interesting thing: he found that people who considered themselves lucky, people who feel like luck is going to find them, had a wider field of perception. Not vision, but what they perceived. They would literally notice opportunities that other people wouldn’t notice, cause [other people] weren’t expecting any opportunities to be there.
And here’s the cool thing: he found that you could take someone who thought they were unlucky and just make them do positive thinking exercises – didn’t matter if it was affirmations or prayers – the technique didn’t matter so much. If they got into a mindset that luck was out there if they would just look for it, they would actually notice more things.