Luck or Timing?
I never know whether to consider myself the worlds luckiest person - or indeed the most unluckiest person … Things can either go VERY well or VERY badly! When the going is good it’s great…. But doesn’t it feel like sometimes EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that can go wrong does, without fail. So then whatever I touch needs to be done twice; once to phone the plumber and then again to chase the appointment because he didn’t show up! Recruiters absolutely know that although it maybe sunny when you read this, but generally it never rains - it just pours! However I actually explored this further. I wanted to see if there is any science to ‘luck’ so recently I willingly participated in an official 3 year study conducted by the University of Hertfordshire to see if luck really existed – and more importantly, if so, was it tangible. Well that I couldn’t resist… indeed I thought I might just be able to grab a bit of this luck - perhaps bottle it for future use! That would be worthwhile.
However three years later, after countless forms to fill out and eventually electrodes on my head, they came to the conclusion that ‘ you couldn’t pin luck down.’ In addition, I was very ‘subliminally receptive’. Meaning that not only am I unlucky, but if for example you quickly flash a sign at me, I will see what’s written on it and am highly likely to buy the product….gullible as well as unlucky?! With these results from the study, I thought at times perhaps it’s my timing that’s off kilter and not my luck, is it really just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Throughout my lengthy recruitment career I have been very creative and came up with some fantastic ideas – but often they were before there time i.e. they were too new and innovative to catch on, yet now they are industry standards, with someone else having made the millions out of the idea a little later down the line! Today is a very good day; I just had a candidate accept a new role and is starting next week – and that’s illustrative of that fact that it’s actually true to say that I’m pleased to say things typically work out in my favour in the end! Plus positivity is key – I really believe that. In fact I might write a blog about that next time! I do really well out of a bad situation, with people around me saying “You’re so lucky”……so maybe the old methods can still work - in future I’m just going to flip a coin…..