Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of happenstance in Your Life and Career / Edition 2

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Unplanned events - chance occurrences - more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a sudden job loss, a "fill-in" job, a hobby - these are the kinds of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions and career choices. Luck Is No Accident actively encourages you to prepare for the unexpected, to take advantage of chance events, to make the most of random "happenstances." Now revised and updated with specific advice for these difficult economic times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886230033
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 637,139
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 Make the Most of Unplanned Events 5

2 Always Keep Your Options Open 23

3 Wake Up - Before Your Dream Comes True! 35

4 Try It - Even Without Knowing the Outcome 55

5 Go Ahead and Make Mistakes 75

6 Take Action to Create Your Own Luck 89

7 Go for the Job - Then Learn the Skills 109

8 Enjoy Yourself - The Good Life Is a Balanced Life 125

9 Overcome Self-Sabotage 139

10 Remember That Luck Is No Accident - Important Lessons About Creating Luck 147

Annotated Bibliography 151

Career and Green-Job Websites 157

Index 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Off-Roading Your Way to Success

    This is a book about attaining success through being human, in the freest sense of the word, embracing uncertainties, changes, and mistakes as opportunities. It¿s about redefining success as a lifelong work in progress rather than a set goal. If you can begin to see your future as Krumboltz and Levin advise, staying open-minded and letting chance occurrences, or happenstances guide you, the potential for learning experiences that improve the direction your life takes becomes a wide-open horizon. You don¿t have to decide on the ¿perfect¿ job, career, mate, or lifestyle; commit yourself to a long-range plan at an early age; or wallow in misery when the choices you make fail to satisfy. You can and should, the authors insist, go another way -- responding to your life experience, your changing interests and needs, and your ability to react constructively to unexpected circumstances. This is the book¿s core concept: You can¿t control the outcomes of unpredictable situations, but you can take charge of your own thoughts and actions to increase the probability that good will come of them. The essence of creating your own luck is seeing detours as potentially better paths even if they initially involve disappointment. Making the most of these factors involves a willingness to risk mistakes and rejection, but the authors emphasize that you don¿t have to take bold leaps when venturing in new directions. Small steps are realistic and effective: Get involved in a new hobby, sport, or interest group. Research areas of interest. Network. Ask for what you want. Keep learning. Shifting your life just a notch can have a ripple effect and a big payoff eventually. It¿s tough to stay timid about trying out these ideas when they¿re backed by inarguably good sense, creative thinking, and inspiring scenarios to boot. The workbook angle of this uplifting book offers thought-provoking questions and exercises to help you examine your aspirations and try out strategies for achieving them. Each success becomes a kind of plateau shaped to suit you right now; staying flexible lets you move on with faith in your own resourcefulness. This is refreshingly modern career advice that lends itself to all other aspects of your life. The only way you can fail to be motivated is if you opt to do nothing.

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