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Is luck just some nebulous topic that we cannot control? Or perhaps there are traits common amongst lucky people compared to unlucky people. The author performed psychological research on self-proclaimed “lucky” and “unlucky” people, and determined which traits constitute luck. In essence, lucky people are constantly seeking new opportunities, have a more relaxed view of life, and trust their intuition. Unlucky people are prone to pessimism, have a narrow way of thinking, and are full of doubt. Lucky people are more extraverted and less neurotic than their unlucky compatriots, although not necessarily more conscientious. Lucky people, in a nutshell, are those who would take a leisurely new route to work, thereby opening themselves up to fresh opportunities.
“I identified the psychological mechanisms that lay behind the 4 major differences between a lucky & unlucky life.”
Our self-image, the image constructed of ourselves in our own minds, is based on our past experiences and challenges. Once these experiences become part of our self-image, they begin to appear as truth to us, and can set limits on who we are and what we are capable of. By practicing Psycho-Cybernetics, you can reconstruct your self-image. It involves visualizing a future successful version of yourself in detail, reprogramming your subconscious, and always providing your subconscious with the most realistic information so as to avoid missteps and miscalculations.
“This describes the payoff of mastering these Psycho-Cybernetics techniques: that you reach a point of efficiency where you can simply, quickly hand a clear picture of the desired outcome over to your servo-mechanism and let it take care of the mechanical details of making that outcome take place.”
Positive ambition is the lifeblood of human advancement. It is the spirit of success, always pushing us towards something worth reaching. You can get the most of your life by seizing every chance to create, grow, and enjoy, or you can become a victim of your circumstances, consumed by pessimism and jealousy. The story of humanity is, and has always been, about overcoming obstacles and rising triumphantly along the arc of ambition. At each stage, one must balance underachieving with overextending. Ambition must be tempered with practicality, whilst never losing site of a larger purpose. Finally, one must be willing to adapt and give up control, finally making a graceful exit.
“Without ambition, no conquests are made, no lands discovered, no businesses created: Ambition is the root of all achievement.”
This book discusses the silly little games that people play between each other in social situations. For example, a couple may play a game during a divorce in which one party aims to show that they are the victim here, and the other party is at fault. Or an alcoholic may play a game where they rebel against those attempting to help them. The book discusses the theory behind games, what advantages people believe they get subconsciously by playing, common games to look out for, and how to rise above playing them.
“The most gratifying forms of social contact, whether or not they are embedded in a matrix of activity, are games & intimacy.”
Most businesses fear change and wait for a crisis to ignite action; few consider change a normal component of operations. Our world is volatile, complex, and ambiguous. Fear is an innate mechanism that protects us from dangers, including physical and social change. However, businesses and individuals that use change as a staircase to improvement, not a fire extinguisher during a disaster, have a competitive advantage.
The Five D’s outline how change occurs:
Disruption: The external stimulus that creates an opportunity for change.
Desire: What the organization hopes to achieve.
Discipline: Small consistent steps gain momentum.
Determination: Resilience in the face of adversity.
Development: Continuous improvement for an organization and its employees.
Leaders that embrace change understand how the Five D’s operate on an individual and organizational level.
“When the disruption occurs, it takes courage to choose to change.”