FEELING LUCKY? "20/20" ON THE ROLE LUCK PLAYS
IN OUR LIVES, FRIDAY, JUNE 15 ON AC
How lucky can you get? Can you make your own luck? Do some people have all the luck, or is it just chance? "20/20" correspondents tackle luck -- who has it, who doesn't, how you can get it -- FRIDAY, JUNE 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
LUCK: Pure luck, beginner's luck, dumb luck� it happens every day, but have we changed the way we feel about luck? Once calling someone lucky was a compliment; now it can sound like a put-down� When was the last time a successful person called himself lucky? "When something bad happens to you, it's bad luck. When something good happens to you, it's your skill and hard work. It's pretty simple," says Freaknomics author Steven J. Dubner. Chris Connelly reports on smart luck.
BEING LUCKY: Some people seem to have all the luck. Always in the right place at the right time, they get all the breaks. Are they fated to be blessed by good fortune, or is it blind chance? What makes a person lucky? One prominent psychologist tells ABC News Correspondent Don Dahler that good luck in life is no accident. Dahler also talks to people who make their own luck.
UNLUCKY TO LUCKY: From a very young age, 17-year-old Jessica Forsyth seemed to be a magnet for bad luck � she broke her collarbone not once but twice, and had many other injuries. But some of this bad luck may have turned out to be a blessing. Doctors say that a metal plate which repaired one of the collarbone fractures probably saved Jessica's life when she defied the odds and survived after being shot multiple times at close range by her ex-boyfriend. Jim Avila reports.
LUCKY IN LOVE: Actor and author Marilu Henner speaks candidly about being lucky in love and the importance of optimism and timing. "You have to be ready for it. You have to get yourself ready, so that you can see it. And I know lucky when I see it," Henner tells ABC News Correspondent Bob Brown.
LUCKY CHARMS: It's said that extremely superstitious people approach all of life as a game of chance. Nowhere is that metaphor more obvious than in America's casinos, where luck rules, good and bad, and players cling to an endless variety of lucky charms to help make things go their way. But it's not just in casinos � successful people from all walks of life have lucky charms. Elizabeth Vargas reports on the theory that people cling to superstitions and good luck charms because it makes them feel like they have some control over the uncontrollable. Vargas also speaks to actor Liev Schreiber about theatre superstitions, and to successful businessman Peter Arnell, who relies on his lucky charms to close big deals.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.