“You make your own luck” is a quote you’ve probably heard before. The meaning, however, is lost without more context. After all, if you make your own luck, doesn’t that make it the opposite of luck?

Well, according to psychologist Richard Wiseman, author of The Luck Factor, a person’s luck is often manufactured. In his research, he discovered that lucky people tend to be more open, allowing them to better recognize opportunities that are often overlooked by others (unlucky people).

Let’s explore a few ways you can work to rein in your good luck so you can stop waiting for it to come to you.

Be Resilient and Persistent

One of the key qualities of a lucky person is resilience. They’re better able to rectify or bounce back from misfortune or an unfortunate event, such as a bad job interview.

Persistence is another quality lucky people display more than unlucky people. For instance, someone perceived to be lucky is more likely to follow up after not receiving a timely reply to an important email about a job opportunity.

Being resilient and persistent requires a person to become more open and optimistic, which often take plenty of hard work, as well as time.

Overcome Your Fear of Failure

Fear of failure often turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy if left unchecked. That’s not to say your fear is always irrational, it simply means that you may be acting as if you’ve already failed, and thus that becomes reality.

The key to overcoming a fear of failure is to focus less on the outcome of a situation. A great example I’ll stick with throughout this post is the classic job interview. If you go in thinking the interviewer will hate you, then you may unconsciously focus on that, completely changing the tone of the interview and find yourself afterward saying, “Yeah, I knew they’d hate me.”

Positivity only goes so far, so don’t mistake this advice for “Be positive and everything will work out!” The idea is to simply work on recognizing and squashing irrational, negative thoughts.

Listen to Your Gut (The Smart One)

We’ve all got two types of gut instincts: a smart one and a dumb one. The dumb one tends to come out when there’s danger, such as running a red light or reacting to words with violence. Forget your dumb gut exists and focus on the smart one.

If your gut tells you that a particular job opportunity is worth the risk of quitting your current job, you might want to listen to it. The same thing can be said for relationships and other important decisions in life. Deep down, you know what’s best, so put those gut instincts into practice!

Work on Your Networking Skills

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Business major or an English major, networking is key to opening up opportunities that may be viewed as simple luck. After all, the more people you meet in your industry, the more likely you are to find your dream job.