Find a Lucky Mentor

You can’t do it alone. Nor would you want to! To really improve your luck, enlist the guidance of someone who has already done what you hope to achieve.

This is easier than some people think, mostly because successful people are more helpful than most imagine. That’s because being asked for advice is flattering. It says, “I admire you and want to be like you.” Even the most self-centered person can “help” you without trying. If you can learn anything about their methods or attitudes, you can model your behavior on theirs. Because of this, even the most unlikely person might be your mentor–maybe inadvertently.

What kind of mentor should you seek to improve your luck? Where can you find them? Seek the advice and guidance of people with similar interests. I especially value the wisdom of people who have actually made it.

Let’s say you’re looking for a mentor to boost your luck in investing or entrepreneurship. The ideal mentors would be high net-worth people with tried and true maps to success.

If you’re trying to find a mentor to assist you with your fitness, you’d want to find someone who’s on a similar path.

Even if you just want to polish your performance in your job, you could seek out mentors with the same function at other organizations.

Mentors aren’t as hard to come across as you might think. Coworkers, neighbors, teachers– any of these people might be a great help to you. All you have to do is ask.

Try sending a small, nondescript greeting card that says something like, “I’m really impressed by what you’ve done. I’ll bet you have some great advice for someone like me who is young and ambitious. If you have the time, I would love to sit down with you and learn how you’ve become so successful.” Tuck a business card in there, and hand-address the envelope.

If you don’t know anyone who’s lucky in the area on which you’re working, jump on LinkedIn and search for people with relevant job titles or education. Unlike many social media sites, LinkedIn is designed for professional networking. That means members are less “creeped out” by messages from strangers. Try “following” a few successful people in your city. Later you can message them with a request to chat about their area of expertise.

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