On January 22, 2015, I had the pleasure of watching keynote speaker Frans Johansson speak to the Human Resources Professionals Association in Toronto, Ontario.
The motivational speech drove home the point that to seize opportunity in an unpredictable world, the most serendipitous connections will drive progress.
The motivational keynote speaker suggested a good example is Microsoft. In 1991 they had only 3 people working on the Windows Platform because it had a lot of bugs and would frequently crash. Microsoft decided to abandon it and work with IBM to develop the os2 platform.
David Weiss was still working on Windows and through a chance encounter he got an idea which helped him fix the bugs. As a result, Microsoft abandoned os2 and today windows is still the dominant operating system.
Most people believe the key to success is logic but our competitors have access to logic too.
The 10,00 hour rule suggests If you want to be a success you have to practice 10,000 hours. In business this rule is flawed. In sports, like the game of tennis, it hold true because the rules of game never change.
In business, the rules of game change constantly and your ability to predict change isn't sharp if you keep practicing the same skills in the same way.
Success today relies on you having skill but even more importantly to be open to the serendipitous moments or ideas that can transform your business.