Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Amount of Serendipity = Luck Surface Area

I am currently working through the book Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works by Ash Mauryaby. In the book is a reference to a blog post entitled Increasing Your Luck Surface Area. Here are a few quotes from that blog post:
The amount of serendipity that will occur in your life, your Luck Surface Area, is directly proportional to the degree to which you do something you're passionate about combined with the total number of people to whom this is effectively communicated.
To satisfy my mathematically oriented brain I've gone one step further and formalized the concept into the equation L = D * T, where L is luck, D is doing and T is telling. This demonstrates clearly that the more you do and the more people you tell about it, the larger your Luck Surface Area will become. And while I like equations, it's the graphical representation that really brings the concept home.

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In other words, the larger the target, the better the opportunities of being hit by serendipity!