How To Make Discoveries




VadiK teachings Vadim Kotelnikov

Accidental Discoveries

and how to make them habitually

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo VadiK

Inventor Business e-Coach

Author Innoball

Founder Innompic Games icon



Two Types of Accidental Discoveries

By-product: occurred while the inventors were trying to discover something else

Serendipitous: were stumbled upon by chance

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Many ideas surface in the strangest ways, often when they are least expected. Sometimes they seem to pop up almost by accident. The accidental discovery is triggered by chaos and contradictions, rather than by order and logic. When open-minded people read, listen or watch, they often find things that catch their eye, leading them off into other areas of enquiry. "The real magic of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes," said Marcel Proust.


Examples of Accidental Discoveries


Medeleev's Periodic Table

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Vadim Kotelnikov (VadiK) innovator venturepreneur trainer speaker

Most discoveries and inventions are a SARS synergy of searching, relaxing, accidents and serendipity



Serendipity is your attitude and aptitude for making unintended discoveries by accident ‒ habitually. In business, serendipity can be developed as a corporate capability and become a source of competitive advantage.



Vadim Kotelnikov (VadiK), founder, Innompic Games speaker trainer

Have your mind prepared for new insights. Expect to make an accidental discovery any moment.


Be observant, keep your eyes open at all times.

Be sagacious enough to link together apparently innocuous facts in order gain a breakthrough insight and discover serendipitous value.






Discovery - Turning Accidental Discoveries into a Habit


Open Mind

Be a student, keep an open mind. Look at people, business, processes, nature and everything else with no fixed ideas. with no judgment. They are all doors to inspiration and new discoveries... More

The Power of Your Cross-Functional Excellence

The broader your net is, the more fish you catch.

If you build broad cross-functional expertise, no idea will be wasted! Your mind can accept only those ideas that have a frame of reference with your existing knowledge and comprehension. It rejects everything else. If your knowledge is functionally focused, you'll be open to new ideas related to your functional expertise only and will miss all other learning and innovation opportunities.

If you develop a broad cross-functional expertise, no new idea is wasted. It will immediately connect with the existing knowledge and will inspire you, energize  you, and encourage your serendipity and  entrepreneurial creativity... More





Booster of Accidental Discoveries




Vadim Kotelnikov

My InnoBall (Innovation Brainball) simulation game, among other benefits, helps make project-related accidental discoveries as well

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo VadiK

Inventor Business e-Coach

Author Innoball

Founder Innompic Games icon


InnoBall (Innovation Braiball) strategic simulation game VadiK  

InnoBall helps anticipate challenges ahead and make accidental discoveries while searching for opportunities that would help address these challenges




Niccolò Paganini quotes

I don't believe in mistakes, only unexpected harmonies.

Niccolò Paganini


IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Sketch ideas and make things, and you're likely to encourage accidental discoveries.

Tom Kelley






Alan Alda quotes

Some of the greatest things

have come about by serendipity,

the greatest discoveries.

Alan Alda