Sunday, March 31, 2013

Seize the Luck

From According to Hoyt:
So - supposing you want to get somewhere - if planning doesn't work, how do you get where you want to go?

Why… by accident. Or not. It's more like Zen archery. You don't aim, but you know where the target is, and you stay lose, and you intend to reach it. And then, instead of planning how to get there, you stay alert for possible opportunities to get where you want to go. See an opportunity to work at something you always wanted to? Give it a chance. See something that needs doing and doesn't pay? Try it. Who knows? It might start to pay suddenly. Stay open to chaos and make use of it.


  1. The Dirk Gently method of navigation "Find a car that looks like it knows where it's going and follow it. You may not get where you wanted to be, but you probably will get where you needed to be."

  2. A very interesting observation, and one I intend to take advantage of, soon.

  3. Yiddish proverb: "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans."

  4. Yeah, God's gotten a boatload of belly-laughs out of my "brilliant" ideas.

    I've given up on plans.

    Nowadays I just wait for good opportunities to present themselves and say "yes" to them.

    So far, it must say it's worked out pretty good.

    As they used to tell me in the Navy, 2.5 knowledge [on a 4.0 scale, minimum passing grade] means "recognizing correct answer when told".

    I *do* try to recognize :-)

  5. Oh good. So it wasn't just me that they told that to.