CEO Confidential

Top 10 Common Superstitions That CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Executives Follow

1. Numerology
Number 13 : It brings doom
Repetition of a number three times eg: 111, 666 etc.: brings doom
If the sum of digits in a numbers adds to 9, it brings good fortune

2.  Day and time
A Friday on the 13th of a month – something terrible to happen in the world
Never start from home or reach home or office at 12 midnight
If you bleed of a wound on a full moon night at 12 midnight, you turn into a Dracula!
You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune

3.  Mirrors
If a couple first catch sight of each other in a mirror, they will have a happy marriage
If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon, It is an automatic seven year bad luck sentence
Breaking a mirror by accidentally/ by mishandling, to break one was to shatter your own future/dreams.
Any mirrors in a room where someone has recently died, must be covered so that the dead person’s soul does not get trapped behind the glass

4.   Animals
Black cat walking towards you bring luck:  if it walks away from you or crossed your path, you are doomed.
When a dog howls, death is near
Finding a horse shoe/ horse shoe hung in a room keeps nightmares away
A crow in a house is a sign of death
Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
Carrying a snake skin brings luck.
If you kill a snake, its mate will kill you.

5. House related
It’s bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
Opening an umbrella indoors and Walking under a ladder brings bad luck
Never take a broom along when you move a house
Never pound a nail at home after sunset, it alerts the devils

6. Itch
Itchy palm brings money
Itchy feet implies you will travel long
Itchy head brings luck!!
Itchy back implies you will be shouted at or even bashed!!

7.  Food
Two yolks in an egg implies good luck
Garlic prevents an evil eye
Throwing rice on a newly web couple brings prosperity to the couple.
Stirring a tea pot anti-clockwise, sets up a quarrel.
Spilling salt brings badluck. Throw a pinch from it over you left shoulder to avoid bad luck.
Using an unequal pair of chopsticks can make you miss a train/ bus/ plane


Two egg yolks in one egg superstitions
Two egg yolks in one egg superstitions

8.  Adornments
Wearing clothes inside out brings luck!
Wearing your birthstone brings luck. Never try any otherstone other than your birth stone lest it should bring doom
Adorning a metal, a bangle or piercing repels a devil
The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
Leaving a hat on table or bed brings bad luck

9. Penny/ coins
Keep a jar of pennies/ coins in a kitchen to prevent going hungry or poor
Never keep your wallet empty, Keep atleast a penny or a dollar to avoid growing poor.
If giving a gift of a purse or wallet to someone, put a penny in it for good luck
Coins with holes prevent poverty and promote growth (of a country!)

10.  Etiquettes
Rocking an empty chair brings bad luck
Never walk on a crack or stand across a crack, It brings bad luck to ones mother.
Never gift an even number of flowers. Even number of flowers is meant only for funerals.
It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match
It is bad luck to use physical hand gestures to demonstrate something negative using oneself (like pointing a scar etc)
Donot gift sharp objects eg. knives. You might risk your friendship.
If you spill powder, dance on it to bring luck!

By, Shubham Wahal, New Delhi based research associate for CEOWORLD Magazine, enjoying the hobby of amateur Radio Jockeying.

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Editorial Aide/Reporter at The CEOWORLD magazine. Nationally Syndicated Advice Columnist. Generally prefer dogs to humans. Loves dragons. New Yorker.
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