Luck’s Impact on Success and Failure

Luck, good or bad, results in success or failure.

In my five year study of the habits of the rich and poor (Rich Habits Study), I discovered that luck plays an important role, a critical role, in determining success or failureluck success win happy good irish clover four leaf fate motivation.

In fact, 87% of the rich in my study admitted that good luck, or unexpected good consequences, made it possible for them to amass their enormous wealth.

Conversely, 54% of the poor admitted that bad luck, or unexpected bad consequences, forced them into poverty.

But there’s more to the story.

The luck that helped forge a life of success for the wealthy was a unique type of luck I have come to call Opportunity Luck.

Successful people do certain specific things every day, oftentimes for years, that gives birth to this Opportunity Luck.

What I’m talking about is the principle of Cause and Effect.


Successful people create the opportunity for good luck by doing certain good things every day, for many years (the cause) and good luck follows (the effect).

Good habits, I discovered from my research, are the cause and Opportunity Luck is the effect.

This Opportunity Luck is typically something unexpectedly good that occurs while the wealthy are in pursuit of their dreams and goals.

Because they go all in and pursue success every day by forging specific good goal habits, eventually they get lucky.

Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn if it’s persistent enough.

So too with successful people, I found.

Persistence, in the application of good daily habits, eventually results in good luck.

The key is the persistent application of these good habits.

Persistent good habits, or what I call Rich Habits, sets the stage for good luck.

Conversely, poor people create something I have come to call Detrimental Luck.

This is another cause and effect type of luck that is the result of doing certain bad things every day, for many years (the cause), and these bad things result in bad luck (the effect).

Persistence, in the application of bad daily habits, eventually results in bad luck. Good-Or-Bad-habit

The key is the persistent application of these bad habits.

Persistent bad habits, or what I call Poor Habits, sets the stage for bad luck.

If you want to change your luck you need to change your daily habits.

Rich Habits foster Opportunity Luck and Poor Habits foster Detrimental Luck.

Change your habits and you change your luck, which changes your life.


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Tom Corley


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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    June 15, 2016 john

    The great golfer Gary Player once said… ” it’s funny the harder I work the luckier I get”……


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