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Why Are "Lucky" People So Lucky?

Let Us Learn The Law of Happiness

From Shakyamuni Buddha

Why are the seeds of the mind the heaviest of all?

There is a famous anecdote about the founder of Panasonic, Konosuke Matsushita. He would ask his prospective employees the following question: "Do you believe you're a lucky person?" If the job candidate responded, "No, I'm not," then Matsushita would reject their job application. You may wonder if his criteria of judgment was right, but nonetheless, it's not totally off the wall.

Luck is not “a magical ability”

A psychologist in the U.K. by the name of Dr. Richard Wiseman once conducted an interesting experiment. He brought self-proclaimed "fortunate" and "unfortunate" subjects to a coffee shop. The experiment was to observe whether "fortunate" and "unfortunate" subjects discovered money in front of the coffee shop or not. Self-proclaimed fortunate subjects noticed the paper money. Then they walked into the coffee shop, sat next to the entrepreneur, introduced themselves and began a conversation.

On the other hand, self-proclaimed unfortunate subjects did not notice the paper bill. They sat next to the entrepreneur, but never started a conversation. After much experimentation, he concluded that “Luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods. Instead, it is a way of thinking and behaving.”

Why are the seeds of the mind the heaviest of all?

Shakyamuni Buddha taught that our own actions determine our own destiny. Actions are performed in three ways: through the body, the mouth, or the mind. Shakyamuni Buddha placed the most importance on the seeds we plant with the mind. This is because actions of the mouth and the body come from the instructions of the mind. If you compare the actions performed in the mind to the source of a fire, the actions performed through the mouth and the body are merely sparks. The reason why the sparks keep flying is that the source of the fire keeps burning. Your mouth and body cannot perform any actions unless your mind instructs them to do so. In the UNESCO Constitution, it says, “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is also in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” It is clear that the seeds of the mind influence actions performed through the mouth and the body.

Upon graduating from elementary school, baseball major leaguer Ichiro Suzuki and soccer player Keisuke Honda wrote the following quotes, both of which are exceedingly famous.

“My dream is to become a top professional baseball player... Since I have been practicing so hard, I can become a professional baseball player for sure.” (Ichiro Suzuki)

“I don't simply want to become the best soccer player in the world when I grow up. I will become the best.” (Keisuke Honda)

When you take on the challenge of achieving your dreams, the first thing you should do is to convince yourself, “You can do it!” When you think or say, “I cannot do that,” or “It is impossible,” you put a major brake on your full capacity. With that mindset, you cannot even do things you're actually capable of.

Stop judging yourself negatively

Hideyo Noguchi said, “Imagining yourself in the depth of hopelessness and making complaints in a state of desperation only prevents you from succeeding and deprives you of peace of mind.” If you change the way you think, your actions will change too. In fact, according to the research conducted by Wiseman, self-proclaimed “fortunate people” sow an overwhelming amount of seeds to make more opportunities. Why are lucky people so lucky? It is because it is their habit to plant seeds of happiness through the mouth, the body, and the mind. When Kounosuke Matsushita was interviewing prospective employees, he was probably trying to determine whether or not they had this kind of habit.

Lesson Point

A “lucky person” is in fact a “person who plants good seeds."

The seeds of the mind have a huge impact on any action performed by the mouth and the body.

Flowers of happiness will bloom for those who sow the seeds of happiness with their mind, mouth, and body.

If you dwell on the thought that you just have bad luck, then you are uprooting your own buds of happiness.

First and foremost, turn around your way of thinking to a positive one.

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Lesson 7

The real meaning of “Akirameru”

“Akirameru” is a Japanese word that is commonly used to mean "give up." However, this negative usage is not its real meaning. The term originally comes from Buddhism and actually has the positive meaning of "see things clearly." So what do we "see clearly"? Let us learn about this next time.


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