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The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them by Max Gunther

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Chapter 2: The Hunching Skill

A hunch is a piece of mind stuff that feels something like knowledge but doesn't feel perfectly trustworthy. Some people trust their hunches more than others do, and of those hunches that are trusted, some turn out to be accurate while others do not. It is obvious that a capacity to generate accurate hunches, and then to trust them and act on them, would go a long way toward producing "luck." Lucky people as a breed do, indeed, have this capacity to a notable degree.

The hunching skill sounds mysterious, but it turns out not to be. It can be explained in rational terms. Better yet, there is compelling evidence that it can be learned.

Conrad Hilton, the hotel man, owed his monumental success partly to a hunching ...

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