|The career decisions and choices you make may be influenced by both positive and negative unplanned events. New opportunities, life changes, job loss. What should you do when the unexpected happens? Read this article to learn more about the importance of how your respond.
||Career & Work Life Matters
Vol 2, no. 13
What’s luck got to do with it?
I have just finished reading the book Luck is no Accident: Making the most of happenstance in your life and career, by John Krumboltz and Al Levin. The basic message of this book is that although our careers are often shaped by unplanned events or happenstances, “luck is no accident.” How you respond to unplanned events matters.
What is your experience?
When you think about your own career, what influenced you to make the choices you have made so far? If you browse career-related books, or talk to career professionals you will probably find that they emphasize planning and taking a systematic approach to managing your career. You may be asking yourself “why plan if things are so unpredictable?”
In this book, the authors drawn on the experiences of people whose careers were affected by unplanned events, both positive and negative. Based on these stories, they describe ways to “take action to create your own luck.”
Below are some of the highlights from the tips they offer. They include 3 steps: preparing for action, overcoming obstacles, and taking action.
|1. Some of the things you can do to prepare yourself for action are:
2. Some of the ways to overcome obstacles include:
3. Some of the ways to take action include:
|There are just a few of the ideas shared by these authors to get you started. If you are like most people, you will also have personal experience of unplanned events. Don’t forget what you already know.Choose one experience, either positive or negative, and answer the following questions to tap into the expertise you have already.
|Share your experience below.
How have your responded to unplanned events? What have you learned that might be helpful to others?