In the National Public Radio (NPR) podcast “How I Built This” the host, Guy Raz, always asks the entrepreneur at the end of the interview whether they attribute their success to luck or hard work, intelligence and skill. It always surprises me when a guest says they were just lucky, i.e. they were in the right place at the right time, it happened by chance, or they were mysteriously born under a lucky star.
It might seem that some people live a charmed life because their careers and relationships overflow with abundance and success without any apparent effort. But if luck is “a force that brings good fortune or adversity; a force that operates for or against an individual.” as stated by Webster's Dictionary, you should be able to tap into that force and increase your luck with focus, attitude, and best practices.
Let's say you want to improve your luck while riding your bike so that every ride is fun and safe. Following are some best practices you can adopt that will increase your success:
1. Check your equipment before you ride
2. Wear a helmet
3. Wear reflective material
4. Be predictable
5. Signal your intentions
6. Limit distractions
The idea is that adopting these practices will actually improve your luck of having a safe ride! So on St. Patrick’s day if you want to try to snag some Irish luck to shine on your bike rides all year, go ahead. Just don't forget to also be alert and focused on your bike -- and keep peddling towards that lucky star.
Sharon Kaminecki comments on adventures in bicycling and other stories