A presentation on Socially Intelligent leaders. Delivered on 24 April, 2013 in Istanbul, as part of the PMI Global Congress EMEA 2013.
The white paper for the same subject is found in the Publications section.
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Attract your luck
On a flight from Melbourne to Sydney a young man sat next to me. As soon as he settled in, he pulled up a few raffle coupons that he got from the airport. Some marketers were promoting a new product and were distributing raffle coupons for cash and other prizes. I remembered seeing them in the airport but didn’t bother to stop and pick up any coupon. Maybe because down deep I wasn’t feeling lucky and thought that I wouldn’t win a prize anyway. I looked at the man next to me as he was diligently completing the coupons with his name, address and phone number. I was saying to myself this man really thinks he is lucky and that he is going to win a prize. He looked at me, and as if he read my mind he said: “Mate, you need to be in it to win it”. A very good point. I didn’t think that I would win any prize and therefore, I didn’t pick up any coupon. He thought that he will win some prizes and got some coupons, and even more, he is meticulously filling them. The result: clearly, there is no way I would have won anything; and probably he would have won something. Simply put, he attracted his luck while I deliberately pushed it away.
You need to be in it to win it. If you want to get better at playing a musical instrument, you need to practice it or get training on it. If you want to advance in your job, you need to rub shoulders with the powers-to-be. If you want to get married, you need to mingle with eligible bachelors. If you want to win the lottery, you need to buy a ticket. In other words, if you want to be lucky, you have to attract your own luck.
You might say that you are doing all of this and trying hard to attract your luck. Yet, you are not getting any results. This is very possible. This might mean that you need to consider alternative ways in attracting your luck – you may not be writing your phone number clearly or correctly on your ‘luck coupon’. Think differently, ask new people, visit new places, read different newspapers, check out different websites, watch other television channels, take a different route to your work or school, sleep and wakeup at different times, break the routine in some way or another and some results ought to happen.
One more thing I would like to add here. An important component of ‘attracting your luck’ is to be prepared when your luck strikes. In other words, you have to be ready for what you are attracting. If you are working on getting a promotion at work, make sure that you are ready, willing and able to take on the duties of the new position when opportunity knocks. There is nothing worse than ‘nagging’ to get that new position, only to find yourself overwhelmed with the new duties and responsibilities of the new position when you are promoted. It is much better to be prepared for an opportunity even if it didn’t eventuate, rather than having an opportunity when you are not ready to exploit it.