The Luck Factor

This continues a discussion of The Luck Factor by the psychologist Richard Wiseman. The book is based in part upon interviews with several hundred people who self-describe as being extremely lucky or unlucky, asking them questions about their attitudes to luck and the role it has played in their lives. He expresses his conclusions as four principles with twelve subprinciples. My basic critique is that, starting with people who see life in terms of luck and asking them questions about luck, it is not surprising that one ends with answers in terms of luck. But if one started out to write a book on the topic "how adopting a positive attitude towards life will help lead to success" and tried to formulate a list of maxims, then surely such a list would include similar items but without much explicit mention of luck -- one would just talk about success.