Lakshmi, the Vedic goddess of fortune, 1896, by Raja Ravi Varma (Wikimedia Commons)

The 13 Rules of Good Luck

Luck is learnable

Mitch Horowitz
16 min readMar 14, 2023

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All my life, I’ve been fascinated with the question of good luck. I believe that what we call luck or fortuitous circumstance is not blind chance but rather a network of causative factors, which can be identified and cultivated.

As the 1908 occult classic The Kybalion puts it: “Chance is merely a term indicating cause existing but not recognized or perceived.” This is close in nature to chaos theory, although the word complexity might be substituted for chance.

In matters of luck, I suggest 13 basic rules:

1. Luck is learnable.

2. Good chemistry is powerfully lucky.

3. To be lucky you must be noticed.

4. Prepared minds win.

5. Sobriety is lucky.

6. Persistence beats odds. (This does not apply to gambling.)

7. Failure can be lucky.

8. No is not always the final answer.

9. Enthusiasm and pessimism are a fortuitous combination.

10. Humiliating people brings bad luck.

11. Recognizing others improves luck.

12. You must help “fate” find you.

13. Lucky people are decisive.

I briefly explore each:

1. Luck Is Learnable

A neurosurgeon at the University of Arizona College of Medicine told me never to take notions of luck lightly: “I’ve seen many patients live or die on an operating table based on what we call luck.”

Yet we have difficulty saying what luck really is. Good or bad luck could be seen merely as an accident. Yet barring extreme exceptions, is anything truly accidental when cause-and-effect are detectable behind every event, even if only afterwards?

Obviously, no one can control myriad and vast factors behind every occurrence. Yet I have observed that certain practices and habits regularly improve good luck or put differently, sway circumstances. This is true even when the recipient is unconscious of what is occurring.

A famous actor told my friend his key to success: “Determine the things that make you lucky…

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Mitch Horowitz

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