Reece: Ten super-secret secrets to becoming lucky

Have you ever known a professional who just seems to be “lucky” all the time?

Everything just seems to go great. They landed the big account, made partner or were promoted to the corner office. Well, worry no more about being “unlucky” because I ran across these 10 secrets shared only amongst those in the Super-Secret Society of “Lucky” People.

1. Lucky people know what they want, which makes it easier to recognize when it crosses their path.

2. Lucky people have a great sense of what they don’t want, so they don’t spend a lot of time chasing low priority goals and aspirations.

3. Lucky people see the big picture of their position and have the ability to see the forest through the trees.

4. Lucky people do not generalize. Avoiding preconceived ideas and generalizations allows them to recognize opportunities that are often not seen by others.

5. Lucky people are open to new things and ideas. The more experiences one has, the greater the chance of “stumbling” across something new and exciting.

6. Lucky people consider themselves lucky. Have you ever known someone who talks constantly about how unlucky they are? Well, it’s the same concept in reverse. If you tell yourself every day that you are lucky, before long it will become a reality.

7. Lucky people are optimistic. Their glass is half full, and they tend to see the upside and opportunities in the challenges that confront them.

8. Lucky people listen to their gut. While most people’s instincts tend to be suppressed from inactivity, the lucky people of the world not only follow their gut, but trust and rely on it every day.

9. Luck is a state of mind, so make your mental state the size of Texas.

In the Nov. 21 issue Bloomberg’s Businessweek article “Charlie Rose Talks with Nathan Myhrvold,” the former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer said, “Most overnight successes come after repeated attempts and failures. You’ve got to keep at it.”

This leads us to the last, and most important of all the secrets.

10. Lucky people are willing to work hard for the things they want. As Henry Ford said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

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Join us Tuesday night as the Crystal Lake Chamber, Park Place Banquets and the Chicago Tribune host our first “Thanks for Giving” mixer at Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, to benefit area charities that assist needy families.

Please bring a new unwrapped toy or gift card. A big shoutout to those who stepped up to make this a great event. Appetizers: 1776 Restaurant, 3 Chefs Catering, Buffalo Wild Wings, Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, Fresh Market and Honey Baked Ham Company. Beverages: Chas. Herdrich & Son, Heartland Cabinet Supply and Vineyard Christina Church. Desserts: Konrad’s Bakery and Morkes Chocolates. Music: Prairie Ridge High School choir and 4 Strings Attached. Photography: Ruthie Hauge Photography. Gift baskets: Apple Creek Flowers, Countryside Flower Shop, daBuffone Cucina Italiana, Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, Renee’s of Ridgefield and Twisted Stem Floral. 

On Dec. 3, join Healthbridge Fitness Center, 200 East Congress Parkway, Crystal Lake, as it hosts its always enjoyable annual multi-Chamber holiday mixer. Mixers are from 5 to 7 p.m., and chamber members are encouraged to attend for great relationship building opportunities.

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Beginning Jan. 9, the Crystal Lake Chamber’s Leaders in Action program, now in its 38th consecutive year, will provide world-class training by eight presenters – each of whom are dynamic experts in their respective fields. Worth more than $5,000, the Chamber is proud to be able to present Leaders in Action for $195 for Chamber members (scholarships available from the Chamber Foundation) and $245 for non-members. Your investment includes breakfast each week and all materials. Class size is limited to 50 people, so get signed up today at

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Please welcome our newest members: 3D Bowl/Sideouts Bar & Eatery, Jerry DeLaurentis; American Express Open Small Business Credit Cards, Jasginder Singh; Bunks & More Warehouse, Barbara Tzumas; C.A.R.E. Center, Mary Blume; Coldwell Banker Honig Bell, Deb Szechowycz; Handmade On Main, Julie Bailey; Hobbit Distributing, Larry Smith; Hope Church, Lisa Orris; Mind’s Eye Creative, Ted Nenov; RedTech Media, Jon Maybrook; Riverside Community Bank, Kathleen Powers; Too Cute Consignment, Jenny Carlini; True Home Exteriors, Meghan Natzke; Yoga Seva, Ann Waring.

• Gary Reece is president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. Email him at

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