I Lost My Wallet and Then I Found It: Good Luck!

September 13, 2019 | Bill V.

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Do you ever think about good luck?

I visited my Doctor this morning and spent a few minutes in the waiting room. After the visit, I left and got ready to bike to work and checked my bag and couldn't find my wallet.

This isn't, alas, the first time I've lost (or misplaced) my wallet. My previous bike had a weirdly angled seat that pushed my wallet out of my back pants pocket. The first time I lost it completely and a few days later my new wallet fell out again. But that second time, I had very good luck, as a car driver had seen my wallet fall out of my pocket as I biked by. He stopped, picked it up, and started to follow me honking and yelling at me as we went across the Bloor Viaduct. I'm ashamed to say I almost gave him the finger but luckily he persevered and I stopped and he returned my wallet to me. Ever since I give drivers a thumbs up, rather than the finger up.


Back to this morning, I couldn't find my wallet after emptying my bag and I was really bummed out. I went back up to Dr. C's office and knocked on the partially opened door and he was getting ready to head out. I asked if my wallet had fallen out in his office? He said nope, but then he said he had just seen a wallet in the staff room and went to check to see. And voila, my wallet was returned to me. I had dropped it in the waiting room and someone handed it in to the staff. 

Bill's wayward wallet
Bill's wayward wallet.

 

So this blog post is about good luck. 

How Luck Happens Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work  Life and Love

How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Life and Love

"New York Times bestselling author Janice Kaplan examines the phenomenon of luck--and discovers the exciting ways you can boost your chances and set yourself up to get lucky in everyday life."

 

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy

"How important is luck in economic success? No question more reliably divides conservatives from liberals. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine."

 

Can You Learn to Be Lucky Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others

Can You Learn to Be Lucky?: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others

"Do you believe in luck?" is a polarizing question, one you might ask on a first date. Some of us believe that we make our own luck. Others see inequality everywhere and believe luck is the only possible explanation. Karla Starr has third answer: "random" outcomes have predictable causes; we call them lucky because their traces are so faint."

 

Good Luck Creating the Conditions for Success in Life and Business

Good Luck: Creating the Conditions for Success in Life and Business

"Good Luck is a whimsical fable that teaches a valuable lesson: good luck doesn't just come your way. It's up to you to create the conditions to bring yourself good luck. Written by Alex Rovira and Fernando Trias de Bes, two leading marketing consultants, this simple tale is universally applicable and uniquely inspirational."

 

Luck Is No Accident Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career

Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career

"Newly revised and updated with fresh examples and current issues for today's challenging times, Luck is No Accident actively encourages readers to create their own unplanned events, to anticipate changing their plans frequently, to take advantage of chance events when they happen, and to make the most of what life offers. The book has a friendly, easy style about it, and is packed with personal stories that really bring the ideas into focus."

 

Timothy Eaton statue - believed to bring good luck if you rub the foot - 1976 Toronto Star Photograph Archives
Just sitting around: Timothy Eaton's statue; now in the Eaton Centre; has been a landmark meeting place for 63 years. Many believe rubbing the statue's toe brings good luck. 1976 Toronto Star Photograph Archive.
 

Thinking in Bets Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

"There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making?"

 

Knock on Wood Luck  Chance  and the Meaning of Everything

Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything

"A lighthearted, entertaining and fateful exploration of luck in everyday life."

 

Struck by Lightning The Curious World of Probabilities

Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities

 

Get Lucky How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work For You and Your Business

Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work For You and Your Business

"We're under great pressure to connect just in time with the people and ideas we need to thrive. But we can no longer plan our way to success?there will always be factors beyond our control. This uncertainty, however, cultivates one of today's key drivers of success: serendipity. More than blind luck, serendipity can produce quantifiable results: breakthrough ideas, relationships that matter, effortless cooperation, synchronized market timing ,and more"

 

Secrets of Lucky People A Study of the Laws of Good Luck

Secrets of Lucky People: A Study of the Laws of Good Luck

"There are people who seem to lead a charmed life. They seem to almost stumble into success, They have opportunities open up for them all the time. Things are handed to them, they win in the stock market, they find their dream job, and get married to their ideal partner. These are perpetually unlucky people. Most of us are somewhere between these two extremities. We may never really know why, or whether there is something to be done. There is! That's why this book was written."

 

Lion Dance to bring good luck Toronto Star Photograph Archives
Lion Dance to Bring Good Luck.  1988 Toronto Star Photograph Archive.

 

Connecting with Coincidence The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life

Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life

"We've all experienced or heard of surprising events and unexplained coincidences money that seems to come from nowhere, a spontaneous idea that turns into a life-changing solution, meeting our soulmate on a flight we weren't supposed to take, or families being reunited by accident after years of separation. Often these coincidences are explained as being controlled by a higher power or pure chance. But for the first time since Carl Jung's work, comes bold new research that explains scientifically how we can identify, understand, and perhaps even control the frequency of coincidences in our everyday lives."

 

The Improbability Principle Why Coincidences  Miracles  and Rare Events Happen

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen

"An eye-opening and engrossing look at rare moments, why they occur, and how they shape our world."

 

The Drunkard's Walk How Randomness Rules Our Lives

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

"In this irreverent and illuminating book, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, change, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious cases, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance."

 

Fooled by Randomness The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

"Just as coincidence can be confused with causality, so the lucky idiot can be confused with the skilled investor. The realities of randomness and probability almost guarantee that, out of a large pool of random investors, a Warren Buffett will emerge just by luck."

 

What the Luck The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives

What the Luck? The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives

"Explores the role of luck, specifically the concept of "regression to the mean, " in everyday life, exploring how failures to understand chance and random variations influence choices and perceptions of truth."

 

Fluke The Math and Myth of Coincidence

Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence

"Looks at coincidences and unlikely occurrences, delving into the mathematical concepts of probability and sharing stories of striking flukes and coincidences from around the world."

 

So, I hope you get lucky from reading this blog and don't forget the power of lucky charms like Vince below!

Impresario Lombardi in his store. He holds a good luck charm
Impresario Lombardi in his store. He holds a good luck charm. 1964 Toronto Star Photograph Archive.

 

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