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How to Get Lucky

13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life's good breaks

By Max Gunther

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How to Get Lucky

13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life's good breaks

By Max Gunther

Jacket text

Max Gunther’s lost classic brought back into print.

Most people imagine that you’re born lucky or you get lucky. Max Gunther shows you how you get lucky.

The fact is that some people really are luckier than others and not by accident. Lucky people arrange their lives in characteristic patterns. They tend to position themselves in the path of onrushing luck; they tend to go where events are moving fastest and where they can find their lucky break. Lucky people take risks but not silly ones. They stick with a cause, a job, or a partner, but not when all hope is lost. In short, they move with life, not against it.

This book gives you thirteen different techniques by which you can discover and take advantage of life’s good breaks, while minimising the effects of its bad ones.

About the author

On that original tulip exchange in Amsterdam, one of Max Gunther's ancestors bought a hundred dollars' worth of bulbs in 1632 and paid a witch to insure the investment's success. By 1636 (so the story goes), Gunther's ancestor's bulbs were worth $150,000. So much for pedigree.

Max Gunther was born in England and emigrated to the US when he was 11. He attended schools in New Jersey and received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army in 1950-51 and was a staff member of Business Week from 1951 to 1955. He then served as a contributing editor of Time for two years. His articles were published in several magazines and he wrote several books, including The Luck Factor, How to Get Lucky, The Zurich Axioms, Wall Street and Witchcraft, The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way, and Instant Millionaires.


Editor's Note

Part 1: The Commanding Factor

The Supreme Insult
The Factor Nobody Talks About

Part 2: The Techniques of Lucky Positioning

The First Technique: Making the Luck/Planning Distinction
The Second Technique: Finding the Fast Flow
The Third Technique: Risk Spooning
The Fourth Technique: Run Cutting
The Fifth Technique: Luck Selection
The Sixth Technique: The Zigzag Path
The Seventh Technique: Constructive Supernaturalism
The Eighth Technique: Worst-Case Analysis
The Ninth Technique: The Closed Mouth
The Tenth Technique: Recognising a Nonlesson
The Eleventh Technique: Accepting an Unfair Universe
The Twelfth Technique: The Juggling Act
The Thirteenth Technique: Destiny Pairing

Getting Lucky: Putting the Thirteen Techniques Together

Published: 22/07/2010
Edition: Reprint
Pages: 186
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781906659981
ebook - ISBN 9780857190437
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