No matter your work ethic or intelligence, luck is a major variable in any successful outcome. I learned a phrase that’s worth sharing: “increase the surface area of luck.”
It’s almost impossible to connect dots forward, but easy in hindsight. Who knew that offering helpful advice would turn a stranger into an investor? How could you have foreseen that selflessly promoting someone’s work would lead to a lifelong relationship with one of that person’s close friends?
Increasing the surface area means expanding your influence, assistance, wealth and knowledge with others. This catapults the probability that so-called serendipities, unexplainable circumstances, and unpredictable luck will seem to land in your lap.