Or get lucky.
The smartest entrepreneurs know how to harness luck. How lucky are you? Do you know how to plan for serendipity?
I am a great believer in serendipity, which is defined by the Collins English Dictionary “the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident”. It was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole, taken from the Persian fairytale, The Three Princes of Serendip. Heroes in the story made unpredictable discoveries by chance and keen perception.
Ironically, as Jefferson claimed, “I’m a great believer of luck and the harder I work the more I have of it”. You won’t be around for long if you don’t learn the skills of creating serendipity -- the ability to attract luck in order to survive in an uncertain world -- in your life .
There are 8 skills that Muler and Becker have identified to master behaviors that can help you attract success.
The first one is emotion, an overused term these days. And yet, how many of us really understand the ramifications of feeling on our actions?
Steve Jobs understood. At Pixar he redesigned the workspace to include an atrium in the middle so that everyone in all the departments would run into each other on the way to get coffee or to use the restroom. The “chance” encounters that occurred led to an increase of successful blockbusters.
We all have great stories about the chance encounters we have had. Jobs created the conditions for planned chance encounters. The design was brilliant as it brought diverse people together who might not otherwise interact. Movement, shaking things up, and overhearing the conversations of others stimulated emotional connections and ideas.
Emotionally, we often don’t know how to find what, or who, we need, making “motion an integral part of your day”. Chance encounters are extremely sensitive to actions of individuals. Bumping into people randomly, exchanging stories, and carrying those seeds back to your workspace can be serendipitous in fueling unprecedented productivity.
The challenge this week is to move and collide with as many diverse people as possible.
Share with us on Twitter how your activity sparked a new perspective or led to an unexpected discovery, using hashtag #PlannedSerendipity.
I had one today and will share that next time along with Skill #2: Preparation.
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