Patterns Of Success: Real or Coincidence?
|Quilt made by my great grandmother
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In training, requests for particular topics often follow trends. Over the last few months, I've seen an increase in requests for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This assessment allows people to understand their behavior as well as the behaviors of those around them. It's one of my favorite topics to train, and I enjoy watching the workshop participants as they begin to apply the concepts to their understanding of each other. Interestingly, this trend has extended beyond my typical business clients to include church and writing groups. Since I believe everyone benefits from understanding how different people are wired, I'm thrilled to comply with these requests.
In our writing group, the patterns point to individual successes. David Burnsworth published his debut novel in February (check back next week for an interview with David and a chance to win a signed copy of his book). Another member, Irena Tervo, won the Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Contest. This is the third year in a row one of our chapter's members has won this prestigious award. A short story from yet another member of our group, Bob Strother, will be made into a short film for the Expecting Goodness Film Festival through Hub City Writers Project. This is the second year one of our members has enjoyed this honor.
Although he's not part of our writing group, I would be remiss (and thoroughly chastised) if I didn't mention that my brother, Henry Vogel, has just published his first book.
With all of these patterns unfolding, I'm hoping for more positive outcomes in the next few months.
Do you believe patterns occur in life or is it just chance? What patterns have you seen?