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Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

March is a month full of activity. There’s Easter, the first day of Spring, National Pi Day, March Madness and of course St. Patrick’s Day. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to take the opportunity to discuss the importance of creating your own “luck.”

For years, many have debated whether “luck” even exists. Luck has been defined as: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions. While certain outcomes can be attributed to being in the right place at the right time, you actually have more control over creating your good fortune than you may believe. In order to be in the “right place,” you must put yourself there, and you do that by seizing opportunities.

Much like achieving success and happiness, “being lucky” also starts with your state of mind. Psychologist Richard Wiseman says that “luck” is all about your mindset and how you see yourself in the world. His research shows that people who are considered to be “lucky” are positive, resilient, hardworking, productive and make the most of an opportunity when they see it. In a study of over 400 diverse people, Wiseman found that 82% of people who considered themselves to be “lucky” were prepared to work hard and create their own luck.

“The Universe will only treat you the way you treat yourself.”
-Denise Duffield-Thomas

Your state of mind can be conditioned and should be one of fearless ambition. Intentionally do things that make you uncomfortable and prepare yourself for every situation and outcome. Acknowledge and celebrate your good fortunes, no matter how small, to create a positive anchor in your mind. Have the “as-if” mindset. Prepare your subconscious to be happy and expect good things by planning that perfect vacation, test driving your dream car or trying on your red-carpet outfit “as if” it were today’s reality. Send yourself the message that you deserve the best.

At the very least, teach yourself to always be looking for the next opportunity. Be open minded and prepare yourself for “luck.” Instead of going to the student center or cafeteria to simply have a meal, go thinking you might encounter a new friend, professional contact or opportunity. Don’t categorize situations and people in advance, be open to see what’s presented.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t wait on the universe for good fortune. Create your own “luck” and control your own destiny. Always be on the look out for the next opportunity while on your path towards academic, personal or professional growth. Possessing that state of mind will allow you to create your own “luck.”

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section to learn 15 ways to create your own “luck.”

Success Corner: 

Iowa State University

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, 14 members of the Society chapter at Iowa State University came together to participate in a community service project, which consisted of making fleece blankets for those in their local community who are in need. The group made a total of 14 blankets, which were donated to “Project Linus,” a national organization with the mission of providing love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

View more from this event on our Flickr.

Monthly Motivation: 

“All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it.”

– Robert Collier

Be Lucky! 15 Ways to Create Your Own Luck

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