How Goals Kill Luck

Richard Wiseman is the author of many great books, including The Luck Factor.  I’ve spoken with Richard on several occasions, and we share a similar perspective: a myopic focus on goals can reduce how lucky someone is. Dan Pink (an endorser of my Goal-Free Living book, and...

How to Increase the Probability of Your Success

My next article in the series on success… You can mathematically increase the likelihood of your success when you are not obsessed with specific goals or approaches to achieving those goals. Let me illustrate this with the famous “birthday game.”  Here’s...

Never Trust An Expert

Given my recent articles on success, I felt it was appropriate to dig up an old one (from 2007) which talks about how we never really know what made us successful…. A couple of nights ago, I gave a presentation to a group of eager individuals who are either launching or...

Sliding Doors Success

This is the 2nd in a series of articles on different paths to success… In the movie “Sliding Doors,” Gwyneth Paltrow runs to catch a train.  If she misses it, she will miss an important meeting. The movie continues down two different paths: She just makes the...

Creating Success via Luck

Much has been written about success, most of it gives the same advice: set goal, learn from the masters, work hard, reap the rewards. But what if there is a different path to success?  What if “luck” plays a critical role? What if you can create luck?...