I just finished "How to Get Lucky" by Max Gunther in my preparation for my Vistage Spotlight in April. Max talks about 13 (yes the unlucky number) techniques for lucky positioning. I don't remember if I purchased the book or it was given to me by Mom. I'm sure I scanned it (or maybe even read it) long ago but it was worth re-reading for my project.
I asked R.M. if he considered himself lucky - "OF COURSE I DO, I could have been born in Afghanistan!". Wow - that puts it in perspective. I even remember Warren Buffet's quote about winning the Ovarian Lottery.
So why do we Americans (who should consider themselves in the luckiest 1% of the world), ever complain about bad luck? Because there is always someone you think is luckier than you (and there always is).