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Feeling Lucky?

Are you one of those lucky people who always seem to have things work out for them?  Do you carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket and have a horse shoe hanging somewhere in your house?  Well if you aren’t a particularly lucky person, I’ll let you in on a secret that can get you started in the right direction.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been planning a casino party.  It is a fund-raiser for my kids’ school and it is finally arriving this weekend.  It got me thinking about casinos, gambling, and why some people seem to win more than others.  I finally realized that being “lucky” is pretty much the same as reaching any other goal.  Let me explain…

The Texas Rangers used to have a sign in their clubhouse that read, “Proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance.”  I don’t know if it is there anymore, but it brings up a good point.  By doing the work and preparing yourself for a situation, you increase your odds of doing well.  Suddenly, the “lucky” bounces all seem to go your way.

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The casino is no different.  One of my favorite games to play at a casino is craps.  I can give you many reasons why it my favorite.  For one, it is very interactive- you get to take turns rolling the dice.  It is also a game you can play slowly and make your money last all night.  Of course, it is also fun to just say “craps.”  Try it a few times and you will see what I mean.  Sorry- getting a bit off-topic.

Like most gambling games, craps is not 100% luck.  It is probably 90-95% luck, but not 100%.  By learning strategies and practicing, you can often get the odds to be pretty close to 50/50 -which is incredible when you are going up against a casino.  It just takes preparation.  If you just stumble in off the street and try to play, you will likely go home broke.

Goal setting is the same way – if you don’t have a plan, you don’t have a prayer.

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The other thing about preparation is that it gets you ready for even the bad luck events.  As Frank Wedekind once said, “Any fool can have bad luck; the art consists in knowing how to exploit it.”

Once again, be ready for the situation allows you to handle it better.  The more you work at goal setting the more you will realize that a great many things you think are “luck” are actually influenced by the lucky people themselves.  Feeling luckier now?

As an added bonus, you can make yourself a little bit luckier by signing up for my email newsletter.  It is free and could very well start you down the road to winning the lottery.  (results may vary – winning the lottery not typical)

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Well Feeling ! a its really enjoy Feeling Lucky Article posting… Very Cute info about Feeling Lucky ….

  2. I think luck is based on one’s perception and belief. If you feel lucky then its your right to do so.
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  3. You’ll know when the luck is on your side when you keeps on winning. LOL

  4. Hi Larry,
    I find that planning to succeed is the best way to go. Just look at top athletes or top execs, they have a game plan they stick with it. If the game plan doesn’t work they adjust until they get a plan that does work.

    take care…
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  5. This was great! You hit a subject I love and that’s craps! I learned how to play on a video game and I have been hooked ever since. One time when I went to Reno, NV and I saw a man that had a ton of chips in front of him. I remember saying to him, “I want what you have” and he looked at me smiling and said, “Ok, play like I do from here on out”. $380 later, I walked away from the table a lucky winner. Did I consider myself lucky? At the time maybe, but looking back I “prepared” myself by playing online and learning what the strategies were. Sounds silly I know, but it worked for me.

    Now in everyday life, I can say I never really looked at it like that, but I recall instances where I prepared ahead of time and came out a winner. Look at athletes and the hard work and preparation they put in to achieve their goals. You’re either going to do it right or half a– your way to nothing. We are having a Casino Party (I wonder why..Lol) for my Christmas Party at work and I can’t wait to play with “play” money. Great post Larry!
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  6. With proper preparation, there’s little need for luck, is there?

    The Boy Scout motto puts it even more succinctly than the Texas Rangers: Be Prepared.

    Of course, being prepared generally means being prepared, when coming up for rank advancement, for someone like me to ask about the slogan: Do a good turn daily. “And what was YOUR good turn, today?” :)

    Have fun with the party, Larry! (And you didn’t invite me??)
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  7. I reckon 80% of success is in the planning and preparation stage. I know for myself, whenever I rush into things (sometimes i am “lucky” and it all flows and works) but other times, i end up stressed and worried as I didnt pay attention to detail (not my strongest point..so its great being on this time with folk who love paying attention and crossing all the dots and crossing the t’s). When I am prepared I know I can handle whatever the situation brings. And that comes with experience and lots of trust to make things work. good post and good luck with the project. Let us know how it all went and what difference it made to your performance in being prepared. thx

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