In even the most successful careers, there is always an element of luck. Sometimes lots of luck. But over the years, I’ve also had many people write to ask why they have bad luck in jobs. And I know it often feels that way.
Of course, there are times when luck turns sour and you get a bad boss or horrible coworkers. Or even major layoffs just as you join the firm of your dreams. But there is good news even if you are hit with more than your share of bad luck in jobs. Luckily, there are things you can do to help improve your chances of letting good luck find you!
How to help good luck find you
No one can control luck. At least no one that I know. But there are people who seem to be luckier. And if we look at some of their habits, we may discover some things that can help us.
- Luckier people may actually have bad luck, but they don’t label it that way. And they don’t let it linger in their minds. Or spend lots of time rehashing the “bad.”
- When lucky people fail, they look for the next opportunity rather than getting stuck worrying about what they can’t control.
- The company you keep can make a difference. If you constantly hang out with people who love to wallow in misery, it’s hard to aim yourself toward good things. In fact, it may break the bond they feel with you!
- Don’t give up — resilience is the key to giving yourself a chance for luck to find you.
- Go after things you really care about. We all need jobs that pay the rent at times. But you have a better chance of succeeding when you don’t settle. Keep pursuing your dream even if you’re in a “job job.”
- Believe in yourself. If bad luck becomes a label you put on yourself, you forget your real strengths. But the strengths are still there. You just need to give them a chance to climb over those obstacles.
- Look for ways to create opportunities for yourself if they don’t seem to find you. Doors open when you make the effort — and do it with positive energy.
- Find people to network with who you respect and admire — and be open to learning from them.
- Listen. Really listen to what people say. Take time to learn about them. And look for opportunities to help THEM.
- Put yourself in circumstances where you can succeed. Each win helps you remember who you really are.
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A few more thoughts
Bad luck in jobs is not something that needs to stop us. I’ve had my share of “bad luck”, but the secret is to keep learning and keep going. And to think of the bad luck as an opportunity to grow.
Still, it helps to be more aware when you think about what kind of job you are going to accept. Make sure you’ve done your research and asked good questions. Lots you can learn online and from informational interviews with people in the field.
Most of all, make sure you take time to think about who you really are — strengths and interests. And set yourself goals that you work toward, even if it means teaching yourself new skills. Or finding positive allies to help you get yourself to that good luck you deserve!
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