Even though luck doesn't make logic, why do people still trust in it?
According to statistics, 27% of Americans hold superstitious beliefs. Even if you are not among this group, it's likely that you have at some point put a coin inside your shoe before being interviewed for a job, banged on wood to prevent something from being jinxed, or attributed all of your bad luck on one particular day to a black cat you spotted.
Numerous well-known people hold superstitions and their luck in high regard. Michael Jordan, a legendary basketball player noted for his diligence and exceptional work ethic, wore the same shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls jersey to every game he played since 1957. Former US President Donald Trump mounted his final rally in Michigan in preparation for the 2020 election cycle in the aim of repeating his 2016 success. After learning that five is her lucky number, Coco Chanel named her famous perfume Chanel No. 5 after it. She also made it a habit to display her collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year.
We still think that Factor A and Factor B had an impact on the possibility of a result occurring even if they don't logically add up to Result C. There is no clear explanation for this, but according to many psychologists, taking chances in life and believing in good fortune will result in better and more favorable outcomes. Stuart Vyse, author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition, told Insider that a research by Lysann Damisch, Barbara Stoberock, and Thomas Mussweiler showed that believing in one's luck "may increase performance at a skilled task." They were curious about the advantages of what were sometimes regarded as beliefs that were illogical. In short, they discovered that fortunate charms and well-known good luck sayings like "break a leg" and "keeping one's fingers crossed" dramatically enhanced performance in games requiring motor dexterity, memory, and anagrams.
Because they are confident that their desired outcome will occur, people who think luck is on their side are more willing to take big risks in general. According to UCLA Anderson School of Management Associate Professor Maia Young, "people are more inclined to choose and persist at demanding tasks when they see themselves as lucky." Because they think positive thoughts, these people will be willing to take on more difficult activities and hence have a higher probability of success than the majority of people, who are pessimists. These few believers are given the impression—no, the strong impression—that they are fortunate and that everything works out for them. They have a propensity to think only on optimistic prospects, eliminating any potentially impeding bad scenarios.
Because it contradicts their feeling of agency and the hard effort they put in to succeed, the majority of people don't like to believe in chance. Robert Frank makes a compelling argument in a thought-provoking essay in The Atlantic that successful individuals have a worrying propensity to credit their success to nothing more than their own hard work. Compared to those who are appreciative of their good fortune, they become less kind and civic-minded. The latter is more likely to benefit the general welfare. Frank continues by connecting birthrights like being born into a wealthy family or just being born in the appropriate country with good fortune and favorable opportunities.
This proves that, even though it may not make any sense to believe in luck, those who do tend to be happier and more appreciative individuals who seize opportunities to make their aspirations come true. What harm, after all, could there possibly be in believing in superstitions and luck?
But even as we say this, we’d like to emphasize the importance of hard work. Luck happens when you move or allow it to enter your life. It won’t happen when you’re lazy and just bumming around the whole day. You need to take risks and take action in order to have a better, happier, and more fulfilled life.
Yes, you can believe in luck but you also have to be smart with the way you lead your career and your life in general. You have to invest in the right tools so that you get the aid you need to work more efficiently and live the life that you want outside of work and your other responsibilities.
Here are some items in your workspace that can help you be more diligent. Coupled with good luck, you’ll be a force to reckon with.
This standing desk features a seamless and simple transition from 28.3" to 47.6" It occupies little floor space, making it ideal for people who live in tiny homes or have a small workspace. Even so, it has a desk that is roomy, measuring 48" x 24". Powder-coated steel tube, which is scratch- and stain-resistant, is used to make the legs.
A laptop, keyboard, mouse, documents, desk supplies, and two monitors fit comfortably on this desk. The control panel has USB ports and lets you configure four height memory presets. It contains an anti-collision feature that makes sure your gadgets or things are safe when the desktop moves.
When you utilize this monitor mount, you can enjoy a variety of monitor setups. It includes an adjustable arm with a 20-inch maximum extension and a maximum height of 15.75 inches. It may be rotated 360 degrees in all directions. It comes with a reliable C-clamp (for desks that are 0.8 to 3.94 inches thick) and a grommet mount base (for desks that are 0.8 to 3.5 inches thick), making installation simple. Additionally, it has a built-in cable management system that hides your connections for improved organization.
An impressive 3D lumbar support system, 135-degree lounge tilt, and 4D adjustable armrests are included in this ergonomic chair from FlexiSpot.
It has a system that gently rebounds and three height adjustment settings. The tastefully curved backrest will adapt to the neck and spine, offering the most headrest and lumbar support possible. The four-dimensionally adjustable armrests easily conform to the arms and elbows. The most delicate of textiles and maximum breathability are provided by the use of imported Italian chenille and K+R temperature sensitive fiber. Additionally, it has the industry's greatest Samhongsa Class 4 Gas Lift, which ensures that this chair can withstand any abuse you may give it.