It happens all the time: You see someone crushin’ it at school, at sports, or even on Instagram and think, “Ugh, they’re so lucky.” You hear the newest Marvel movie star gush to the camera: “I can’t believe I landed this role—I guess I just got lucky.” You miss your bus, you spill your smoothie, and you think, “Yup, this is my life—I have the worst luck!”
Why does it seem like some people are just born #blessed? And how can you convince good fortune to find you?
It turns out being lucky is more choice than chance. “Luck is not a random occurrence,” says Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and author of The Luck Factor. “People create their own luck.”
In other words, the right mindset and actions can create huge opportunities in your daily life, whether that means snagging your dream internship or getting published in your school’s lit mag.
Ready to change your fortune? We polled some experts to show you how to make your own luck.