Nov 14, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Every once in a while I hear about somebody getting caught in a dumb situation. Many times it is a criminal that just hadn’t completely thought through their strategy. Most cases aren’t fatal, only embarrassing. Still, it reminds me that we all do the same thing. Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s going on around us, that our blind spots create dumb luck.

Take for instance, a convict in Washington D.C. who broke out of jail. A few days later, he accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, the convict went to the deli for a sandwich. When the girlfriend needed him to come back to the courtroom, she had him paged. Police officers heard his name over the speaker system, recognized him as the escaped prisoner, and arrested him as he returned to the courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.

Dumb luck?

Or this story . . . a 22 year-old man was arrested at an airport hotel after he tried to pass two counterfeit $16 bills. Hmm.
How about this one . . . a man pretending to have a gun kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines. The kidnapper then proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts!

Sometimes we just need to think about our actions and be smart about what we are doing. Often it is not the big things in our day-to-day routines that make for the biggest concern, but rather, the small oversights or minor
adjustments.

Following codes and procedures, staying current on certifications and training, observing pre-ops and using safety devices, can make for smart living. Don’t risk it all to dumb luck. In the end, dumb luck is not luck at all.

“To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand. He uses both.”