I’m not a believer in luck as a way of thinking about success, but that depends on how you define it. If luck means looking to external events, or depending on a talisman, like a four-leaf clover, for successful outcomes, then, I don’t believe in it. However, if you define luck as a mindset, then I’m a believer.
Richard Wiseman, an author and psychologist, did some interesting research on the concept of luck. Based on his study of over 400 persons ranging from 18 to 84 years old from all walks of life, he found that lucky people get that way following three basic behavioral principles:
- they seize chance opportunities;
- create self-fulfilling prophecies through positive expectations;
- and adopt a resilient attitude towards bad events.
In Breakview’s diversity/sensitivity course as well as the equality training course, we focus on helping people adjust their own attitude using the principles of luck. Dealing with co-workers in a respectful manner requires a shift in attitude. It is not an elusive holy grail, but achievable.
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