My dad was a great believer in luck, and I suppose in many ways, he lived a charmed life.

He and a date out ran Al Capone’s angry henchmen in Chicago, after an altercation in a restaurant.

But for the fact that dad’s car sped past a train, little Gary wouldn’t have been brought into this world, later on, and that would have been pop’s last romance.

And of course, I wouldn’t have the good fortune to be sharing this article with you, now.

Looking over the course of your life, would you say you’ve been lucky, and you remain that way?

Playwright Tennessee Williams said: “Luck is believing you’re lucky,” and research performed by psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman bears this out.

The good doctor, in his book, “The Luck Factor,” also says we can make and change our luck. Some of his tips include intending to be fortunate, visualizing success, and finding the silver lining in what seems, initially, to be a setback.

I’ve often said, “I’m a lucky researcher,” with an uncanny track record of walking into libraries and as I amble along finding crucial books that I never would have found, except for “dumb luck.”

In fact, this has happened so often, I expect it to occur each and every time I visit a collection of volumes, or for that matter, perform Internet searches.

Indeed, that’s how I discovered “The Luck Factor,” which I recommend.

It’s fun, and I think this book just might be the charm for you!

In the meantime, why not think of yourself as being lucky, and if you already do, well consider yourself even luckier!

Dr. Gary S. Goodman is a top speaker, sales, service, and negotiation consultant, attorney, TV and radio commentator and the best-selling author of 12 books. He conducts seminars and speaks at convention programs around the world. His new audio program is Nightingale-Conant’s “Crystal Clear Communication: How to Explain Anything Clearly in Speech & Writing.” He can be contacted at

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