Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career

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Impact Publishers, 2004 - Business & Economics - 177 pages
Unplanned events - chance occurrences - more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a spontaneous vacation trip, a fill-in job, a hobby - these are the kinds of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions and career choices. Luck Is No Accident is the first career planning book that actively encourages readers to prepare for the unexpected, to take advantage of chance events, to make the most of what life offers, and not to plan their careers. Krumboltz is one of the most honored and highly respected psychologists in the career development field.
 

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I just finished reading Luck is no Accident today. It's a remarkable book that I couldn't put down. Believe it or not, this book came into my life just at the right time. Let me explain myself...
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'm a senior at the University of Southern California. As you can imagine, I'm currently trying to figure out my entire life in the next 10 months. That's supposedly when I'm going to enter the "real world." Everyone has a different opinion on which way I should go except for me. I have no clue what my calling is quite yet. But this book taught me that it's alright to not be completely sure of your life plan at 21.
I think what I like best about Luck is No Accident is it's incredible way of helping you unlearn all the "junk" that people have told you your whole life. We learn that we have to be just like all the other sheep in this world--following some predesigned plan that will guarantee success. However, this isn't true and most people still think that it is! This book demonstrates through numerous accounts that the best experiences in life are the unplanned ones--something so true.
I encourage all people--no matter what stage of life you are in--to read this book. And I especially hope that college students read it! Who knows, maybe one of your professors will assign you this book(like mine). Trust me, it won't be by accident :)
-Nikolaus Herold
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Make the most of unplanned events
3
Always keep your options open
21
Wake up before your dream comes true
33
Try it even without knowing the outcome
53
Go ahead and make mistakes
73
Take action to create your own luck
89
Go for the job then learn the skills
107
Enjoy yourself the good life is a balanced life
121
Overcome selfsabotage
135
Remember that luck is no accident important lessons about creating luck
143
Annotated Bibliography
147
Index
151
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