136: Increasing Your Luck Surface area

136: How To Increase Your Luck Surface Area

​Increasing your luck surface area

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” From Louis Pasteur, the famous 19th century biologist and biochemist.

Having a “prepared mind” is one way to increase your luck surface area. It gives you  “more opportunities to be lucky.” And it can have a big payoff!

How do you make your luck surface area bigger?

In this episode I share a lot of ways to do it!


  • I mentioned a whole list of books in this episode, and most of them are on my “Books I Recommend” page, including Drive, Decisive, Range, Badass, The Lean Startup, and How To Measure Anything.
  • I also mentioned Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt, fantastic book, and Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss.
  • And if you’re interested in the thrillers I love, check out Lee Child (his character is Jack Reacher – my favorite book in the series is Persuader), Stephen Hunter (wrote the Bob Lee Swagger series, Point of Impact being the first book), and Glen Erik Hamilton (Van Shaw is his character, first book is Past Crimes). I love all these books and many more like them.