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    Some people remember from childhood always wanting to be a teacher, a businessperson, or perhaps working in technology. They plan. They practice. They pursue their dream. Others have no idea what they want to be, even well into adulthood. Favorite educational courses, finances, personality, IQ, physical attributes, skills and family choices are some of the obvious factors that can influence what career a person chooses. However, both of these groups of people can also be impacted by something else-a fateful moment.

    Sometimes fateful moments are only realized after the fact, in hindsight. After Steve Jobs dropped out of college, he took a class in calligraphy where he learned about typefaces, spacing, and letter combinations.* In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 he talked about that class: "None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography."*

    We are often of two minds when it comes to fateful moments. Our logical, rational self interprets situations one way and our intuitive, associative self interprets it in another way. Past research has established that merely imagining an event makes it seem more likely to occur. Taking actions that depart from the status quo may be seen as testing fate. But when at a crossroads, think of a positive outcome to make success seem more likely. Jobs advised the Stanford students: "You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."*

    Has fate played a role in your career advancement? Let us know.


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  • * Jobs, J. (2005). Stanford University Commencement Address Delivered by Steve Jobs. Stanford Report, June 14, 2005. Retrieved from http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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