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The Luck Factor

Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them

By Max Gunther

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About the Author

Max Gunther

On that original tulip exchange in Amsterdam, one of Max Gunther's ancestors bought a hundred dollars' worth of bulbs in 1632 and paid a witch to insure the investment's success. By 1636 (so the story goes), Gunther's ancestor's bulbs were worth $150,000. So much for pedigree.

Max Gunther was born in England and emigrated to the US when he was 11. He attended schools in New Jersey and received ... Read more on Max Gunther

Contents Listing

Editor's Note
The Quest

Part 1: The Breaks
Chapter 1 - The Blessed and the Cursed
Chapter 2 - Two Lives

Part 2: Speculations on the Nature of Luck: Some Scientific Tries
Chapter 1 - The Randomness Theory
Chapter 2 - The Psychic Theories
Chapter 3 - The Synchronicity Theory

Part 3: Speculations on the Nature of Luck: Some Occult and Mystical Tries
Chapter 1 - Numbers
Chapter 2 - Destiny and God
Chapter 3 - Charms, Signs and Portents

Part 4: The Luck Adjustment
The Quest
Chapter 1 - The Spiderweb Structure
Chapter 2 - The Hunching Skill
Chapter 3 - "Audentes Fortuna Juvat"
Chapter 4 - The Ratchet Effect
Chapter 5 - The Pessimism Paradox
Editor's Note
The Quest

Part 1: The Breaks
Chapter 1 - The Blessed and the Cursed
Chapter 2 - Two Lives

Part 2: Speculations on the Nature of Luck: Some Scientific Tries
Chapter 1 - The Randomness Theory
Chapter 2 - The Psychic Theories
Chapter 3 - The Synchronicity Theory

Part 3: Speculations on the Nature of Luck: Some Occult and Mystical Tries
Chapter 1 - Numbers
Chapter 2 - De ...

Jacket Text

Max Gunther's classic text brought back into print.

Luck. We can't see it, or touch it, but we can feel it. We all know it when we experience it. It's an obvious description of obvious events. But does it go deeper than this? And if it goes deeper, does it do so in any way which we can harness to our own and others' advantage?

Taking us on a richly anecdotal ride through the more popular theories and histories of luck - from pseudoscience to paganism, through mathematicians to magicians - Max Gunther arrives at a careful set of scientific conclusions as to the nature of luck, and the possibility of managing it.

Based entirely on drawing out the logical truths hidden in some examples of outrageous fortune (and some of the seemingly absurd theories of its origins), he presents readers with the concise formulae which make up what he calls "The Luck Factor" - the five traits that lucky people have in common - and shows how anyone can improve their luck.

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Media Coverage

Bliss Magazine

We've all experienced moments of luck - good and bad - but sometimes it can feel like your BFF is swinging on a lucky star while you just can't seem to catch a break. Not. Fair. So why are some ...

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My Wonderful Life Coach

LUCK!! LUCKY OR UNLUCKY? CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK? WELL MAYBE WE HAVE THE ANSWERS HERE! Whether you believe in it or not, ?luck? is often mentioned as a positive influence on the careers or fortunes of ...

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Media Review

The Luck Factor had a double page spread in Bliss magazine.January 2010

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Media Review

Better Business Focus magazine's book of the monthNovember 2009

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Mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

a fascinating read, whichever 'luck' camp you sit in...Interesting, thought provoking. Highly recommended.- Valerie Dwyer, My Wonderful Life Coach23rd September 2009

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