Brent Bowers writes in the 4th of July edition of the New York Times about how entrepreneurs seem able to generate their own luck.
Bowers quotes Mark P. Rice, dean of the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College as saying “Most people go through life constrained by the path they are on. The key with entrepreneurs is that they are always making connections that we don’t make. … They can’t not be lucky.”
Reading Bowers’ story, what he’s really describing is what I call serendipity – how seemingly unconnected events all of a sudden form a pattern and relate together in some unpredictable way. It’s always amazing to me when it happens – and delightful!