There’s a lot of wisdom packed into the old saying, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” The problem with that wisdom is that it’s generally academic, since one can’t really choose to be lucky or not. But a new book provides some insight into the possible ways certain successful people cultivated their own good luck, and it’s called Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. As the official jacket text puts it:
“This book bottles the singular recipes for success of leading creatives, politicians, scientists, and athletes who made their own luck. Revealing an array of unique practices from quirky superstitions to preperformance rituals, this visual compendium celebrates in text and charming illustrated portraits the real personalities, creative processes, and curious habits of these influential people.”
Two of those influential people are Maya Angelou and Thom Yorke, but Recipes for Good Luck includes the tics and tricks of myriad successful people, including Barack Obama and Beyoncé. Unless you’d rather be good than lucky (a risky prospect), you can check out the book on Amazon right here.