“[Serendipity] is revealed as the basic formal operation of synchronic, as two apparently unrelated events or elements suddenly form a secret link that strikes, in the mind of the receiver, an evanescent lightweight bolt of meaning.” – Erik Davis
One of the reasons I spend time living in San Francisco is so that I can meet people who inspire me. Living in a dense city like San Francisco has allowed me to meet tech giants like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Peter Thiel and others who from the outside appear larger than life. One of the things I learned early on was: Who you spend time with is who you become.
I’m a big believer of finding ways to increase your serendipity quotient. A lot of it is putting yourself in the right place and the right time. Other times, it can also be designed. Steve Jobs was known for designing Pixar’s headquarters and placing washroom’s at certain locations to increase “serendipitous personal encounters” to happen.
In the video below Jason Silva introduces us the concept of serendipity and how we can increase it: