The Organized Mind: Locus of Control

Is our success predetermined by outside forces? Or is it up to us to make the most out of what we have?

But there is a critical point about differences between individuals that exerts arguably more influence on worker productivity than any other. The factor is locus of control, a fancy name for how people view their autonomy and agency in the world. People with an internal locus of control believe that they are responsible for (or at least can influence) their own fates and life outcomes… Those with an external locus of control see themselves as relatively powerless pawns in some game played by others; they believe that other people, environmental forces, the weather… basically any and all external forces- exert more influence on their lives that they themselves do… But locus of control turns out to be a significant moderating variable in a trifecta of life expectancy, life satisfaction, and work productivity.” -Daniel Levitin (pg.287,288)

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