Getting Lucky with David Stouder: Four-leaf Clover Hunting
When I was a little girl, I remember how exciting it would be to find a heads-up penny on the ground, or, better yet – a whole quarter! I think of the scene in Grease when there’s the big car race and Jan finds a penny that she gives to Kenickie saying “See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!” So, if it’s heads-up *and* a quarter, that must mean extra luck, right?! Then there were other times I remember thinking I must be special – like when I’d be staring at a street lamp the very moment it turned off. Or when I’d be thinking of a song and then turn on the radio to it playing. Or when I wouldn’t get picked last for the team games on the playground…
Anyway, as we get older, we usually point to coincidences or statistics to explain the concept of luck. Richard Wiseman did a ten-year scientific study into the nature of luck that has revealed that, to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune. His research revealed that “Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, making lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, creating self-fulfilling prophecies via positive expectations, and adopting a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.“
“Sometimes we miss our rendezvous with Good Fortune because we’re not paying attention.”-Dave Stouder
I met David and his wife at Sailor Oyster Bar when Paul and I went to dinner with Pat May and his fiancée to discuss his plant propagation app, Propa. We shared some of our anchovy toast with the table next to us (because it was so dang yummy-unique!) and we got to talking about my ambitions for Hobby Dabbler. It was then that David told me about his luck with finding four-leaf clovers and how he decided to bottle the essence into a product he calls Clover Dew – “for when your good fortune is over due.” Given my tendency to make social plans with new-found friends when I’m tipsy, I invited him to be a Hobby Host for a Hobby Dabbler experience and he agreed.
A few months passed before it worked out for Paul and me to meet up with David for Four-Leaf Clover Hunting. We met him on the side of the road next to a diner in Annapolis, right at on on-ramp to the highway. He had already scouted the area a bit and laid down scrap paper as markers but didn’t pick the lucky clovers so I’d have the joy of re-finding them. As we were hunting, a pedestrian was curious about what we were doing on the side of the road. David promptly got her a bottle of his Clover Dew spray while I joyfully explained that we were on a mission to find lucky clovers.
When I asked David how much time he spends looking for 4-leaf clovers, it amounted to roughly a few hours per week. I was grateful that he spent a little over an hour finding some with Paul and me that day. I took a narrative approach to this Hobby Dabbler experience. Once we told people about this episode, we were surprised that David isn’t the only person we know who finds them. Take a listen; let us know in the comments if you’ve found a 4-leaf clover before (or perhaps you often do).
As promised in the show, below are the responses I received when I asked my friends on Facebook if they believe in luck:
- Becki: No
- Jason: Only when it is accompanied with skill and hard work will luck do you any good… so yes
- Kate: Not really. I believe in perspective & attitude & hard work and that a combination of those things can result in what looks like luck.
- Seth: I believe in statistics. The LUCK that other people claim is simply the right flip of the coin after millions and millions of flips
- Tim: Yes, both in the sense that there is irrefutable scientific and mathematical evidence to back up the existence of chaos and randomness in nature, AND that I personally witness it everyday from small probabilistic outcomes to larger happenstances
- Heather: The universe must always balance. Sometimes it’s in your favor. Other times, not
- Jenna: I always say that I am definitely not lucky, but I am blessed.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.