The Doctors: Dr. Phil Are People Born Lucky?
Dr. Phil McGraw stopped by The Doctors to talk about whether people are born lucky. There’s this huge perception that some people just glide through life and have everything handed to them. These are the people who annoyingly have amazing relationships, beat you at poker and get all the promotions at work. Maybe they’re just born lucky. But is luck real?
Experimental psychologist Richard Wiseman decided to make a study of luck, called the LuckLab, which was a 10 year study that found that people who expected things to happen to them, usually ended up being right. The study reinforced theories of positive thinking. The study looked at over 700 people.
Dr. Phil: Cliches Stick Around Because They’re True
Dr. Phil said that there are phrases that we say, like “you can’t catch a fish without a hook in the sea” or “you’re not going to get a hit if you’re not swinging,” that are repeated often because they’re true. He said that if you put yourself in a good position, work hard and think positive, good things will happen to you.
They’re certainly more likely to happen to you if you do that than if you’re in the corner criticizing the person who good things are happening to instead of you.
The Drs: What Lucky People Have In Common
Dr. Andrew Ordon said that these people have several things in common. They meet eyes and smile, and create real contacts with people. Dr. Travis Stork mentioned Lindsay, who was trying to achieve her dreams of being a nurse, who wrote a letter and made it on the show and ended up winning a scholarship to go to school and become a nurse. Was she lucky? Dr. Phil said no, because she found the opportunity and then wrote a letter to get on the show.
Then again, she was there over a lot of other people who probably did the same thing and had dreams, too. But the point is that all of those people are putting themselves into a certain position to be able to achieve what they want to achieve and are therefore more likely than those who never bothered to write a letter.