Jim Bright is professor of Career Development at the Australian Catholic University and quite a presence in the Australian Career Development field. His Chaos theory of Career Development fits with my experience and that of many of my clients.
An article on the role of luck in careers recently appeared in the Financial Review "How to get luck on your side" link here.
Whilst we might like to think that talent and determination are the key factors in success at work, there is often something else happening too. Bright explains that not everyone with talent will make it to the top of their field no matter how hard they try - and discusses the reasons for this.
It's not simply hard work alone that puts some people at the top of their field. Bright and others believe there's an element of luck, of being in the right place at the right time and of putting yourself in the way of opportunities and being open to change.
|Like this tree, many people are able to take advantage|
of the opportunity for re-growth after a major unforeseen setback.
Jim Bright believes people need to be luck ready and says that even if this doesn't come naturally it can, to some extent, be learnt. Bright and Pryor have devised three tests (link here) so you can see where you fit on their luck scale. You will be asked to create a user name and password and then choose the test you wish to complete.
|Random events can cause us to change direction.|
The Luck Readiness Index profiles your response to chance and measures your awareness and readiness to take opportunities in a changing environment.
The Change Perception Index profiles how you view change in your life and career compared to others. Each comes with an extensive in-depth report. These are available for a fee of $9(Aus)
The Exploring Chaos Reality Checklist is free, and is quick and easy to complete. The checklist is designed to assess your thinking about change in your career and the workplace (and I would add in life in general). An informative interesting and useful printable outline of your results is available on completion.
I've mentioned in previous posts about how change can be very uncomfortable for many people. But even when it's uncomfortable it can be positive and adapting to it can be an indicator of career success.
The future is not predictable - an example is sudden, unexpected downsizing of a company which can leave unprepared workers floundering and stressed. Learning to be adaptable and to reinvent ourselves to take advantage of random opportunities can be extremely empowering.
The free printable report from the Exploring Chaos Reality Checklist has suggestions for ways to think about your pattern of responses, as well as how to use this information proactively in regards to future events. Not bad for free!
Link to tests here.
How have chance and random events affected your life?