Serendipity Mindset Test
Are you good at creating your own luck?
Many of us think that good luck is about chance. However, according to Dr. Christian Busch, Ph.D., good luck can be learned and leveraged just like any other skill.
According to Dr. Busch, people who are good at creating their own luck have a Serendipity Mindset that they use to make their lives better at work, at home, and, indeed, everywhere. Such people know that they are not simply luckier than the rest of us, but that the conditions for happy coincidences to arise and be taken advantage of must be cultivated in one’s life if one is to succeed. It may appear as if good things simply happen to certain people, but, in fact, those with a Serendipity Mindset draw upon a wide range of skills to attract good luck and achieve their desired outcomes in life.
Do you have a Serendipity Mindset? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.
Question 1 of 30
When working on a project, I can get caught up in novel ideas that occur to me, even at the expense of the goal.
The IDRlabs Serendipity Mindset Test (IDR-SMT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-SMT is based on the work of Dr. Christian Busch, Ph.D., who wrote The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck. The IDR-SMT is not associated with any specific authors or researchers in the field of personality psychology, counseling psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.
The test provides feedback such as the following: Connecting the Dots: This dimension covers a person’s tendency to be aware of their motivations and the power of creative collisions in their lives. People with high scores on this trait are keen on sensing possibilities and structuring processes so that maximally productive outcomes are achieved. Individuals who are easily able to spot serendipity triggers “connect the dots” by enabling others to guide them toward opportunities. They typically look into how trends and issues can yield favorable circumstances in relation to their goals, and they prioritize situations that can lead them to realize the best of their values and passions.
Encountering Opportunities: People who score high on this trait manifest grit in their journey toward achieving their goals. They take a constructive view of the challenges they are facing by seeing present hurdles as steppingstones to success. They also understand that even mundane activities can be meaningful experiences, and this prevents them from falling into apathy when struggling with routine tasks. Such people are often motivated to explore the potential for improvement in many different fields and to find creative solutions to problems wherever they encounter them. With their resilience, these people are able to stay focused and filter unnecessary influences out of the projects they are working on. Furthermore, they make it a point to have an ample avenue for interaction, diversity, creativity, and analysis in their work environments.
Amplifying Serendipity: Individuals who score high on this dimension are crafty and well-informed regarding the way networks, opportunities, and situations can be made to work for them. They tend to actively participate in communities and social setups that can help them enhance their potential. These are the people who generously share their expertise with others as well as benefit from the contributions of other experts themselves. By doing so, they amplify their serendipity by generating healthy connections, attending events and social gatherings full of interesting people, and developing a strong “can do” identity. Moreover, they have the wisdom to remain guarded against those with ulterior motives and biases.
The IDRlabs Serendipity Mindset Test was informed by the concepts reflected in the book penned by Dr. Christian Busch and published as Busch, C. (2020). The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck. Riverhead Books. This book was also featured in Walker, S. (2020). The serendipity mindset: how to make your own luck. The Guardian; Caprino, K. (2021). A science-based framework helps individuals and organizations experience more good luck. Forbes; Rao, M. (2020). From serendipity mindset to serendipity field – six steps to create good luck for yourself. Your Story.
The work of Dr. Busch has informed the diagnostic criteria in the form of the book, The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Serendipity Mindset are independent of the above authors, publishers, researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.
The IDRlabs Serendipity Mindset Test is based on a famous and well-regarded book that discusses the science behind creating good luck by practicing certain strategies, such as offering hooks for engagement, planting serendipity seeds, breaking the routine, and stimulating the mind. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential personality trait. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality or relationship assessment can be made only by a qualified pertinent professional.
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