Krumboltz’s Happenstance Theory

Krumboltz’s Happenstance Theory — Luck is No Accident

John Krumboltz uses a cognitive behavioral approach (a learning approach). Krumboltz encourages us to be a mentor and to be a coach.


Krumboltz encourages us to…

  • learn to think differently
  • learn to act differently
  • learn to feel differently

and help others learn to think differently, learn to act differently, and learn to feel differently


Reminders from Krumboltz

  • keep your options open
  • test your dream one step at a time
  • create your own good luck (don’t wait for it)
  • take risks (don’t be afraid to make mistakes)
  • always continue learning


Krumboltz’s advice for career development professionals

  • ask questions (for example, “What interests you?”)
  • help students/clients find ways to “try things out” (volunteer, work part time, take a course)
  • help students/clients be open to alternatives
  • embrace happenstance, because Luck is No Accident



Luck is No Accident: Making the most of happenstance in your life and your career (available at most libraries)


Video Clips:

Host Steve Piazzale interviews Dr. John Krumboltz (‘You’re Hired!’ television show episode #20)

John Krumboltz, Luck Is No Accident (Part 1 of 3)

John Krumboltz, Luck Is No Accident (Part 2 of 3)

John Krumboltz, Luck Is No Accident (Part 3 of 3)



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