Luck in the time of Simulated Learning.
It is one of Dale Carnegie’s greatest quotes, and I paraphrase: “luck (or success) is nothing but the meeting place of your alertness and all the opportunities passing by.”
As the world would have it, most people deem themselves unlucky, supported by the words “I should have …” The truth couldn’t be further from the fact that ‘unlucky’ people have not gathered the courage, taken personal responsibility or been proactive to enable the meeting of opportunities and alertness. And all of this happens because of fear. Fear of the unknown, of consequence, criticism or what others would say and failure. Fear coupled with low self-esteem, low status, lack of appropriate knowledge and skills is lethal; the perfect combination to functionally disable people from being ‘lucky’.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
– Mark Twain
This quote has become the mantra of entrepreneurs, winners and successful lucky people everywhere. Anthony Tjan writes on the Harvard Business Review Blog – “Constant focus on self improvement affords more opportunities for luck to occur. Business leaders who regularly question the norm and who seek both continuous improvements in their business, and in themselves, end up being luckier because they want to learn.”
And what of those who have decided to be lucky and want that extra confidence to succeed?
I believe simulated learning experiences carry the answers to empower. Experience is a powerful teacher. On the job it can be costly to learn from our mistakes, but in a simulated environment, this valuable learning methodology carries far less risk. It can effectively rid people of fear and uncertainty because in a simulation unlike real-life scenarios there is nothing to lose. A simulated learning environment imitates situations available to the learner to practice and hone necessary skills, rather than having them jump right into the real experience—where a “do-or-die” mentality can often make the individual anxious and uncertain. An ordinary person after experiencing a simulated environment transforms into a skilled individual, enabling him to confidently handle any circumstances and progress forward.
Indian mythology has promoted this kind of learning where Gurukuls were the center of education. Dronacharya, a legendary teacher and warrior imparted his knowledge of combat to the princes through experiential learning based on simulations. NASA trains astronauts to prepare for the rigors of space travel by simulating environments and situations. Military personnel depend critically on their automatic responses to dangerous situations. Simulation course-ware is specifically designed for these purposes.
Many educational institutions and businesses are screening the scope and viability; some are already pursing this mode of skill, value and knowledge transference for radical and positive transformation in individuals and institutions. With Experiential Learning based on simulations, you could easily work your way towards becoming ‘Lucky’.
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