Frans Johansson (author of The Medici Effect) has written a book, The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World, with two provocative ideas. The first thought is that success is random. The second is that individuals and corporations can do more to shape their success by identifying and focusing on the opportunities as they occur.
In Part 1 of the book, Johansson presents a number of real world examples of the random nature of success. He disputes that there are formulaic patterns for success and only allows for high chances of success for a profession where the rules don’t change such as tennis (court size remains the same), chess, and mastery of a musical instrument. … Read the rest