My new post is up at BiggerPockets.com on the difference between those who use an external locus of control (things just happen to me) versus those who use an internal locus of control (I control my life). Not surprisingly, those with an internal locus of control do much better at just about everything.
Also, this is not an unalterable state. You can improve the way you look at the world. As I note,
"it’s essential to remove the idea that your life is dictated by forces outside of your control. Of course, to one degree or another, it is. But there is plenty that we can control. Perhaps hard work, perseverance, and a thirst for knowledge will lead one unlucky person to become a millionaire, while the lucky one becomes a billionaire. But you know what? Being a millionaire isn’t that bad"
There's also a major point regarding choice. This is especially true with employees and subordinates. You give them a choice and that incentivizes them to use an internal instead of an external locus of control. You should structure your business and how you manage subordinates to take advantage of this fact if you want highly productive employees.
I go into this much more in the article. Check it out!
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