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By PASCAL FINETTE

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Feb 20th, 2024 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

On Serendipity

Serendipity – that magical, almost mystical phenomenon that seems to lurk around corners, waiting to spring upon us when we least expect it. But what if I told you that serendipity isn’t just a happy accident but a process that can be dissected into three core characteristics?

First comes the serendipity trigger, that moment of stumbling upon something unusual or unexpected. Picture yourself walking through a forest and finding a rare flower you’ve never seen before – that’s your trigger. It’s the universe’s way of saying, “Hey, look here! There’s something worth your attention.” Kindle your curiosity, and you will never be starved of serendipity triggers.

But seeing the flower isn’t enough. The magic happens when you connect the dots. It’s about taking that moment of discovery and linking it to something seemingly unrelated, realizing the potential value within the chance event. Maybe that flower leads you to develop a new, groundbreaking herbal medicine. This is your Eureka moment, where curiosity meets insight. For this to work, you need to foster a miles-wide inventory of insights – become curious about things that happen outside of your well-trodden path.

Yet, the journey doesn’t end with the realization. What truly defines serendipity is the blend of sagacity and tenacity required to follow through and create an unexpected positive outcome. It’s one thing to have a brilliant idea flash across your mind; it’s another to pursue it with vigor and determination, turning what was once a mere chance encounter into a tangible, impactful reality.

While a particular chance encounter is an event, serendipity itself is a multifaceted process. It’s not just about being in the right place at the right time but also about having the wisdom to see the connection and the grit to pursue it to fruition.

So, remember, the next time serendipity winks at you, it’s not just a fleeting moment of fortune but a call to action, an invitation to embark on a journey of discovery, connection, and ultimately, creation. Or, as Seneca the Younger remarked some 2,000 years ago: Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.


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