<p>In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra <a href="">asked luck to be a lady</a>. In the 80s, Madonna declared that she&rsquo;d found her <a href="">lucky star</a>. And in 2013, Daft Punk were up all night to <a href="">get lucky</a>.</p> <p>Musicians aren&rsquo;t the only ones prone to pondering the mysteries of luck. At a time of year when we all hope to absorb some &ldquo;luck of the Irish,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s worth taking a moment to reflect on how we respond to good and bad luck, and what that says about our personalities.</p> <p>While the superstitious among us may believe we can influence our luck for better (finding a <a href="">four-leaf clover</a>, picking up a penny off the sidewalk) or for worse (breaking a mirror, crossing a <a href="">black cat&rsquo;s</a> path), for the most part, luck is beyond our control. You can&rsquo;t do much about the traffic jam you get stuck in en route to a job interview any more than you can set yourself up to win the lottery. </p> <p>But do successful people make their own luck?</p> <p>Some people have a natural tendency to embrace an adventurous spirit. They crave the adrenaline rush that comes from taking chances and risks, whether it&rsquo;s bungee jumping or launching a startup (or both, if you&rsquo;re <a href="">Richard Branson</a>). Others are more cautious and methodical by nature: makers of pro-and-con lists who prefer to rehearse their disasters and fully analyze a situation before proceeding.</p> <p>Wherever you land on the spectrum between daredevil and play-it-safer&mdash;and there are strengths and weaknesses on both sides&mdash;the key to achieving your goals is to know your own personality and take that into consideration when making decisions. If you&rsquo;re prone to leaps of faith, try pausing to imagine any unforeseen consequences. And if you&rsquo;re a risk avoider, try not to let factors beyond your control discourage you from chasing a dream or pursuing an opportunity that could pay off handsomely in the end.</p> <p><a href="">Oprah Winfrey</a> says, &ldquo;I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity.&rdquo; </p> <p>Happy St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day&mdash;and may you be prepared for whatever opportunities lie ahead.&nbsp;</p> <div><br /> </div>