The L.U.C.K. (from this point on just capitalized as LUCK) system was designed to break down the significant factors that can be attributed to any particular situation.
Assuming you can’t stop time, you should be able to run through these concepts and be able to gain a good bit of situational understanding that can lend itself to you, making a vertical or a lateral move in your life. These concepts will blend elements of Situational Awareness, Game Theory, Risk Assessment, and Karma as our primary tenants.
L is Location or Situational Awareness.
U is Understanding or Game Theory.
C is Cost or Risk Assessment.
K is Karma, and it also blends concepts of Taoism and Confuscianism.
We will break down these elements in their own way and in their own respective chapters, but to start, we are simply going to create a scenario and showcase how you would use this system to gain an edge or at least prepare yourself for the results of the circumstances.
The situation: Job Interview, you and three other candidates have submitted resumes, and now you’re all sitting in the same room waiting to be interviewed. There is a front desk attendee who received you and sat you down with your peers, and the first person is already in their interviewing, but you can’t make out what is being said or the feel of the conversation.
LUCK is best when you are using it to check in with yourself. It’s great for reducing anxiety because all you’re trying to do is play for an angle and give yourself an edge. Ultimately, you know the decision is out of your hands, so you are doing the best with what you have to gain a place of comfort.
This does two things for you as an individual. It gives you a progressive thing for your mind to work on, and by keeping you occupied on a progressive method gives you an angle for success and thus, confidence. By knowing you’re going to stick to your game plan, you know that you are making the most of a situation in which you have limited information and are playing to the strengths of that moment. You are doing everything right, and whether it goes right or wrong, you know that it’s circumstantial, and next time you will find a better angle.
Instead of taking the loss or the win, we are instead creating long term goals and check-ins to help you be more successful in the long run. Now that we have that established, let’s go back to the exercise.
So you decide you want to check in with LUCK mentally.
How To Use The LUCK System
Where are you? In the job interview, everyone can see me. The brand colors of the business are there, and you’re not really playing to the accent of either of them but that’s okay. The chairs are ergonomic, so you adjust your posture a little bit but don’t stiffen.
Who are the players here? Have you seen any of the other interviewees before? What are they doing right and wrong? Who is dressed better, and who is being more pleasing and personable? Are the front desk person or any other employees showing signs of the work environment so that you can emulate that? What is something that you can do to stand out without being a bad fit? This is what we are playing toward.
Identify the cost and settle with it. You are in a job interview, you don’t have the job, you really want it, but it isn’t yours, so it isn’t yours to lose, only win. The real cost is the parking meter, time, and maybe the cup of coffee that you picked up in a hurry. Use these costs as a way to feel more comfortable with what’s at stake. You spent $20 to get here, what do they have for you? What’s your cost to them? What are you bringing to the table? Clearly, you both care, so what can you do to add value to the situation and play for a better hand?
What are the results? Did you come out on top? How do you think you did? It’s important not to impose any ill will or feel negative about the results but instead to take note of them. What worked and what didn’t, what else do you have lined up? A lot of these situations are number games, and we are just edging you towards the perfect sweet spot to have the best outcome.
` This is how LUCK works—pivoting these four independent thoughts into creating a unique position for you to find your strength and capitalize on it.
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