Good Luck is Critical to Success


After I completed my Rich Habits Study, one thing became very clear – the rich, at some point during their success journey, get lucky.

Luck was so critical to the success of many of the self-made millionaires in my study, that I felt it imperative to address it right out of the gate in my book Rich Habits.

So let me say it clearly…

The Rich Have Good Luck and the Poor Have Bad Luck

Bad Good LuckMany unsuccessful people rationalise that they don’t have “good luck” or just aren’t “lucky.”

They argue that in order to be financially successful you need good luck.

So, is good luck important to becoming successful?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

All successful people pursuing some dream, have experienced good luck.

In fact, no one will ever become successful if they do not have good luck.

But let’s elaborate on this hard truth.

There are four types of luck.

The first type of luck is “random good luck.”

This is a type of good luck we have no control over, like winning the lottery or receiving an unexpected inheritance.

The second type of luck is “random bad luck.”

Like random good luck, we have no control over this, either.

Events creating this type of luck are outside of our influence for the most part.

Examples include coming down with a genetic-driven disease, getting hit by lightning, random accidents, a tree falling on your house, etc.

The third type of luck is “opportunity luck.”

This is good luck that is a byproduct of good daily habits.

Think of opportunity luck as an apple orchard.

You prepare the land, plant the apple seeds, and diligently nurture the trees as they grow.

After some time the apple trees blossom and bear fruit.

Long TermThis fruit is the byproduct of doing the things you needed to do over a long period of time.

These apples represent the fruit of good habits – opportunity luck.

Successful people do the things that are necessary over the long term in order for opportunity luck to occur in their lives.

They live the Rich Habits every single day.

Rich Habits are like a magnet for opportunity luck.

Many of the opportunities are completely unexpected. Some people refer to this as “the law of attraction.”

Opportunity luck follows the law of attraction for those who live the Rich Habits.

The fourth type of luck is “detrimental luck.”

Luck HabitsDetrimental luck is the evil twin of opportunity luck.

Unsuccessful people have bad habits.

Like the Rich Habits, bad habits are also seeds.

They will take root and grow until they too bear fruit.

Unfortunately, the bad fruit birthed by bad habits brings detrimental luck into the lives of the unsuccessful.

This detrimental luck might be a job loss, investment losses, foreclosure, divorce, illness, or something similar.

To bring success into your life you need to attract the right kind of luck.

Living the Rich Habits guarantees you will attract the right kind of luck, and opportunities will appear, seemingly out of thin air.

As with low-hanging fruit, all you have to do is reach out and pick it.


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Tom is a CPA, CFP and heads one of the top financial firms in New Jersey. For 5 years, Tom observed and documented the daily activities of wealthy people and people living in poverty and his research he identified over 200 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots” which culminated in his #1 bestselling book, Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.Visit the website:

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