If you see your friends getting lucky breaks in their careers or personal life and you wish you were as lucky as they were, there may be a simple way to have that same experience: be memorable.
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As Lifehacker alum Adam Dachis explains on Awkward Human, we often attribute fortuitous opportunity to luck. Meeting the right person at the right time and connecting with them to get a job or a date seems awfully lucky. In reality, what happened was that the person involved boosted their odds of having an experience like that by putting themselves out there, meeting new people and, above all else, being memorable:
Always remain open to new people and experiences. People quickly notice the difference between someone who is open, accepting, and willing to learn new things and someone who isn't. As you gain more experience it's easy to believe you know most of what there is to know, but realistically you'll never learn more than a small fraction in your lifetime. Even if you think you've all but conquered a specific topic, consider what else you can learn. Staying open not only ingratiates you with others, but it helps you notice chance as well.
Of course, being a more memorable person won't help you win at blackjack. But it can help you increase the likelihood that a "lucky" opportunity will come across your path. The more people are aware of you and want to work with you, the more those types of chances seem to pop up for you.
If You Want to Be Lucky, Be Memorable [Awkward Human]