Sunday, May 30, 2010

Buffooned by Luck!


|The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. ~Wilson Mizner

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

Do you feel like luck never seems to go your way? Do you have that friend that you are secretly jealous of because they seem to fall into that dream job, or they seem to always find a way to be around when opportunities arise?

If you answered yes, then this post is for you.

Many people have the perception that the job search and developing your career are tracks you have to follow. You go to school, get an internship, and then you graduate and eventually find a job.

This is true at a certain level, however there are additional aspects to the successful development of your career.

Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck, while others don’t?

Some people believe that luck is actually an intersection of understanding yourself and what you want, added with a little preparation and calculated risk taking. When you do the work of understanding yourself and understanding where you want to go, it can help you to foucs on opportunities that may be of interest to you. Basically, the more you are aware of something, the more you will notice it.

For instance, when you are sad, you notice how many sad songs you hear on the radio. Ask yourself if there are more sad songs being played because of how you feel or if you justnotice them more because of how you feel?

Four key ways to improve your chances at creating opportunities:

1. Pay attention to yournatural curiosity and interests

What are things that you just naturally enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?

This is the key to everything in your life. You curiosity will force you to travel a path that you dearly wanted but could not.

2. Eliminate Barriers

Instead of thinking about what might happen if you fail, think about what might happen if you succeed.

3. Plan for the unplanned

Once you have a sense of your interests and have eliminated barriers, you may start to notice more opportunities. Also, opportunities may just appear out of nowhere–so be ready to act once they do. Opportunities may appear as chance encounters, new experiences, or even random communication.

4. Take Action

Taking action can mean a variety of things. It could be leaping at an opportunity for a new job, or taking the chance to meet someone you admire in your field. You may learn about a new skill that you would like to develop and take action to develop that skill.

Think back to how you got to where you are today. How did you get there?

|"You never know where chance encounters will take you, but you can help your “luck” by planning for the day when it comes."


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