“Wiseman speculated that what we call luck is actually a pattern of behaviors that coincide with a style of understanding and interacting with the events and people you encounter throughout life. Unlucky people are narrowly focused, he observed. They crave security and tend to be more anxious, and instead of wading into the sea of random chance open to what may come, they remain fixated on controlling the situation, on seeking a specific goal. As a result, they miss out on the thousands of opportunities that may float by. Lucky people tend to constantly change routines and seek out new experiences. Wiseman saw that the people who considered themselves lucky, and who then did actually demonstrate luck was on their side over the course of a decade, tended to place themselves into situations where anything could happen more often and thus exposed themselves to more random chance than did unlucky people. The lucky try more things, and fail more often, but when they fail they shrug it off and try something else. Occasionally, things work out.”
The fantastic David McRaney from one of my favourite blogs, You Are Not So Smart, writes about Survivorship Bias and Success in his latest blog post. A bit long but definitely worth a read, along with the rest of the blog. One of my favourite of his posts on how complicated the human mind is and how it plays trick on us is that of the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy. I see examples of this almost daily since reading it in 2010. Everybody – just read it, please.
A month left on a very exciting contract. A month of roadtrip-photography-beloved friends in Mexico + exploring NYC. And then I’m probably on the market again.
So here you have me, reaching out, looking forward to opportunity surprising me with something new.