Yee-Ming Tan on positive psychology, Chinese culture, wise sayings

create-your-own-luckMany seemingly helpful and encouraging aphorisms and wise sayings passed along in centuries of literature may not be so wise after all, as Yee-Ming Tan of Positive Psychology News Daily notes.

She writes that she “just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book Outliers: The Story of Success.

“Much of what Gladwell has to say about successful people is little more than common sense: that talent alone is not enough to ensure success, that opportunity, hard work, family, timing and luck play important roles as well.”

She continues, “From a coach’s perspective, the point about luck, timing and opportunity has a special relevance to the pursuit of flourishing lives for Chinese people.

“This saying ‘success depends on being in the right place, the right time and with the right people’ is deeply ingrained in our psyche. This belief, however, if taken too far, can block us from living a happy and flourishing life. This mindset attributes success to luck and matters outside of one’s control…”

From her article Create Your Own Luck.


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