Observation-based accidental discoveries as a habit




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Luis Pasteur, "The chance supports only the prepared spirits." This is the key to serendipity, your ability to make unexpected discoveries by accident.

Serendipity is your attitude and aptitude for making unintended discoveries by accident ‒ habitually.




What is Serendipity

The term "serendipity" was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 when he described a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes -were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”.





Three Components of Serendipity

① Having a prepared and open mind

Observing and noticing

③ Being passionate about creating innovative and valuable connections


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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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The Power of Passion

Dream big dreams and love what you do if you wish to create insanely great things. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to make new discoveries.

2 Catalysts of Creativity

Open and Prepared Mind

"Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening;
small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening."
~ Zen Proverb

Be a student, keep an open mind. Be observant, keep your eyes open at all times. 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.

3 Pillars of Inspiration

Broad Knowledge

Broader knowledge, better ideas. The broader your knowledge the more and better creative synergies you can build. “The mind, sharp but not broad, sticks at every point but does not move.” said Rabindranath Tagore. So open your mind to new knowledge and ideas from outside your main area of expertise to broaden your patterns of thought – your mind-set – and move your thinking into the whole range of other directions to provide greater creativity, balance and flexibility.

Experiment with new ideas to deepen and broaden your knowledge further and make new discoveries.

Lateral Thinking

Step outside the box of your habitual thoughts and see things for what they are, not what you assume them to be. Make it a habit to look wider and combine the unusual... More

Challenge Assumptions and Ask Searching Questions Constantly

Creativity requires an inquisitive mind. Unless you challenge your assumptions and ask lots of "Why?" and "What If"? questions, you won't generate creative insights... More

Serendipity as a Source of Competitive Advantage in Business

Serendipity helps you create unplanned and unintended, but remarkable innovative value by taking advantage of unanticipated, unexpected and unsought information. Develop serendipity as a corporate capability and leverage it to your Sustainable Competitive Advantage... More


Jeff Bezos story lessons quotes

There'll always be serendipity involved in discovery.

Jeff Bezos


IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

The history of discovery

is full of creative serendipity.

Tom Kelley



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