“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur, Dec. 7, 1854
The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about one in 10,000.
Those are long odds.
But you can give yourself a huge advantage by attacking the mission with a prepared mind.
A four-leaf clover is a mutation of normal three-leaf clover. Geography and time of year contribute to the frequency of the mutation. I don’t have any clue where they are more likely to occur. But I did read the mutation is more likely to happen in late summer than during other times of the year.
I also read that there are several types of clover. But there is one type more susceptible to the mutation than other types. The Trifolium repens—the clover patches you see with the little white flowers that make your lawn look extra shitty—is the variety statistically most likely to have four-leaf clovers within the patch.
So, with that information…
How to Find a Four-Leaf Clover
- Take advantage of the late-summer weeks and months. The four-leaf clover mutation occurs more frequently then.
- Locate a patch of the white-flowered clover. The mutation occurs most often in that type of clover.
- Do not sit on the ground going through each, one by one. Stand up for the “birds-eye” view of the patch. You’re not looking at just one then. You’re looking at hundreds. And as your brain adjusts to the visual rhythm of three-leaved clover, your eyes will more easily be able to pick out the four-leaved anomalies.
- Clover grows from roots like every other plant. So, when you find one, you’ll be more likely to find others nearby. Because other clover sprouted from the same root system will share the same genetic code, making it EVEN MORE likely to find some. A four-leaf clover “hot spot,” so to speak.
Ta-da! You found a four-leaf clover. Lucky.
Luck is still a factor.
But, going in prepared? You position yourself to get infinitely luckier than everyone who didn’t prepare to get lucky.
How to Be Lucky in Four Steps
James Altucher is my favorite person I have never met. I love him. And I’m going to keep writing about him because I think everyone should be reading him and thinking about the things he thinks about because the world will be a better place if everyone does that.
In his writing, he often includes his personal method for achieving balance in a world that’s out of balance. He calls it The Daily Practice.
There are four components. Think of them like four legs under a table: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual.
The four quadrants of your life. And if you keep them healthy and steady, your table won’t wobble.
If you neglect one or more of them, your table is going to be shitty and annoying and out of balance.
You owe it to yourself, and to all of the people you love, and to all of the people who love you to make your table awesome. Like an Amish craftsman would.
Be Abram Yoder. Or Miriam Hershberger. Or Jacob Miller. (Those are apparently super-common Amish names. *shrug*)
Altucher is a genius.
And if you’re willing to accept, as I have, that we need to make changes in our lives in order to experience the inner peace and happiness we all crave, then I beg you to spend some time reading and thinking about the following:
Because you don’t have to feel shitty.
You don’t have to feel weak.
You don’t have to feel scared.
You don’t have to feel unloved.
You don’t have to sit around waiting for the world to deliver you a better option.
You can take it yourself.
There are no guarantees. Even if you do everything right. Even if you’re fully prepared, there’s still no guarantee you’re going to find any four-leaf clover.
But the world isn’t going to do too much of the work for us.
We can sit around letting things happen to us, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad.
Or we can take what’s ours.
And make shit happen.