Sunday, February 26, 2012

5 Ways to Create Your Own Serendipity

Serendipity, if you are open to it, leads to innovation, progress, and lots of other great things.

Inspired by a compelling article in the Harvard Business Review, here are 5 ways to build a brighter future by creating (and harnessing) your own serendipity.
  1. Be Creative: On the path to success, creativity usually comes just before serendipity. Like the creative gentleman in Argentina who built a house out of bottles, and is now famous (read the full story here). 
  2. Remember Where You Came From: History matters, a lot. "Innovation is as much about looking at the past as it is about anticipating the future".
  3. Be Social: The more people you meet and talk to, the better luck you have to create serendipitous moments. Like Sir Isaac Newton said "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants".
  4. Experience Diversity: According to John Stuart Mill "It is hardly possible to overrate the value...of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar...Such communication has always been, and is peculiarly in the present age, one of the primary sources of progress".
  5. Tinker and Experiment: Edison would not be famous if he never tried. He failed much more than he succeeded, and learned more from failures then successes. In fact, the more you try and fail, the more you learn. Here are some more tips to fail better so that you can succeed faster.
Want to read more? There is another great article on Serendipity in Forbes titled "Serendipitous Innovation"

At the end of the day, you are responsible for your future. And if there is serendipity along the way, it will only be because you created it.

How did you create your most serendipitous moments?

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