A few days ago, an article zipped through my Facebook timeline in which the author claimed that lucky people tend to have more good luck and unlucky people tend to have more bad luck.
Now that I want to link to it, I can’t find it. So, you’ve gotta trust me on this. Apparently–at cards anyway–people with a lucky night in progress tend to start playing a bit more conservatively. This increases the chances they won’t lose all their dough.
People with bad luck get desperate and want to turn things around, so they start taking more risks, This increases the chance they will lost all their dough.
I’m not sure what was supposed to happen if the person didn’t think about luck one way or the other and just kept doing what they were doing. But I have this sneaking feeling that if a person has to ask himself “Do I feel lucky?” his luck–such as it may be–will get worse.
I say that because I’m very superstitious. If I were playing for a major league team and had hitting streak going, I’d never change my socks. I’m the kind of guy who thinks a pitcher’s no hitter will go in the toilet if one of the announcers says, “this guy almost has a no hitter.”
A far as I know, the article had no answer for the bad luck that happens if you change your socks or mention a no hitter in progress. It also didn’t say what would happen if a guy asked himself whether or not he felt lucky.
So, I’m wondering how the readers of this blog feel about good mojo vs. bad mojo and whether you’ve ever been rash enough to ask yourself if you feel lucky.
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat,” a novella with a lot of mojo in it. If you’re feeling lucky, you might win a free copy of it in the current GoodReads giveaway.
2 thoughts on “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?””
As they say in the movie, Bull Durham, never mess with a streak! 🙂 I also remember that coming up with the San Francisco Giants one year, where the catcher, who was a good hitter as well, was having a ‘bad streak’ … in a slump, as they say. It continued and suddenly it broke, and he started hitting again. When asked about it, he said, “I realized I was focused on ‘What was I doing wrong?’ so shifted my thinking to what I’d been doing right before the slump.” Good one. 🙂
The sports world, in and out of movies, has more wisdom than we often give it credit for.
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