2 Sep 2006, 11:14am
Books Stress/ Relaxation

The Right Approach Makes You Lucky

Don’t Make me Think by Steve Krug is a slim delightful volume written with clarity and a quirky sense of humor. It’s about how to make the best possible layouts of web pages for the most satisfied user experience. He reminded me that I used to make visual hierarchies when I did do super-long posts by boldfacing keywords to facilitate the skimming. I’ll make a mental note for the future.

At the same time I’m finishing up The Luck Factor. There is a thin membrane between the lucky and unlucky. Both might run worst case scenarios but the jist taken away is different. Where you put yourself on the scale is telling.

very unlucky (-3) neutral (0) very lucky (3)

Scenario: You are in a bank line. Someone enters the bank, armed, and shoots you in the arm, how would you rate that?

People who call themselves unlucky have mishaps, are accident prone, have a string of bad jobs and bad relationships. They immediately say it was absolutely bad luck. One person even remarked that it would be bad luck to have been in the building if there was violence like that around. Unlucky people intensify the emotional impact by the horror of what did happen and what nearly happened. Show-stoppers come easily and often.

People of lucky habit immediately responded on how lucky that shooting was. They soften the emotional blow for themselves, deflected away from brood. They run through counter-factuals and say, one could have been killed or shot in the head and just got hit in the arm, whew, how lucky. Barely a scratch. Other lucky people thought, what a great story and excitement. One might even be able to sell your view of the shooting to the newspaper.

Thousands of things happen daily. People, when feeling lucky, make luck by thinking without a barrage of emotion thrown at things, give it a smile and give it a shot anyway. Failure is brushed off a par for the course until you suceed. Think creatively around the problem, examine what worked and didn’t and why. Then assume the general pattern will work out and enjoy the thrill of the ride.

He has identified 12 aspects that comprise luck that people may have in different measures. I’ve spoken of other aspects of the book before: Luck Factor: Body Language, and earlier Framing Your General Picture.

Interesting Link: The Monkeysphere describes the finite number of people you can care about and maintain contact with. [via EarlWorld]

Glad Game: Gummy worms when chilled feel more impressive as fun to the tongue.

White beans plumping up nicely in their soak and we’ve got power to heat them and cook them.

My dad chose to put his hearing aid, with batteries in, to answer the phone. That makes it so much easier.

Friendly lady at the UPS store. Found out that if they try to deliver something and miss you, you can pay $5 and give the store address and they will accept your delivery. No need to drive out into the boonies in 9-5 M-F office hours of the depot.

I slept even though the university students are back and thrilled to have midnight alcohol. (It’s screamingly exciting apparently. lol.)

The Hot Air Balloon Festival is this weekend. Balloons of all stripes, including tiger. And house, and eagle-shaped. It’s rather jolly.

Got my contributions in for poetry workshop monthly quota and enjoyed doing it.

The contributions are coming in for the Poetry Carnival at Poetry Springs Boing. Should be unveiled tonight or tomorrow morning.

Poem Link: TinyWords Haiku from Aug 31.

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