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There's always going to be the circumstances you can't plan for. There's always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity.
Engineering serendipity is this idea that we can help people come across unexpected but helpful connections at a better than random rate. And in some ways it's based on trying to reassess this notion of serendipitous as lucky - to think of serendipitous as smart.
Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances.
There is a fine line between serendipity and stalking.
There'll always be serendipity involved in discovery.
Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make.
What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.
Jose Manuel Barroso
Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching.
Fact is, inventing an innovative business model is often mostly a matter of serendipity.
Serendipity always rewards the prepared.
Politics is a lot of serendipity. You're in the right place and the right time and you've got the right message, and it either connects for you or, or it doesn't.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
You know being relevant or coming up with something interesting, funny to say about what's current is just as hard as it might ever be depending on the serendipity of it all.
In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.
Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries.
I've always loved life, and I've never known what's ahead. I love not knowing what might be round the corner. I love serendipity.
I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I've ever done it.
If you use it intelligently, Twitter can be a form of engineered serendipity.
Crazy as it sounds, I'm a believer in destiny and serendipity, and I have had cosmic experiences all my life. Something told me I was meant for greater stuff. And look, I've had a baby! And I've written an opera!
I had aspirations to do different things with my life. I wanted to play soccer. I wanted to be a lawyer. Serendipity.
You don't have to work for Google, or any of the other firms encouraging staff to pursue personal projects on company time, to use slowness to unlock your creativity. Anyone can do it. Start by clearing space in your schedule for rest, daydreaming and serendipity. Take breaks away from your desk, especially when you get stuck on a problem.
When I was 26 or 27, I gave up journalism. I came to England after my mom died, to let serendipity take its course. And I just found myself back in journalism again.
I admit that I am hopelessly hooked on the printed newspaper. I love turning the pages and the serendipity of stumbling across a piece of irresistible information or a photograph that I wasn't necessarily intending to read.
A lot of it just has to do with luck, serendipity.
The craftless anarchy of the Beat poets on the one hand, and the extreme control of Henry James on the other, suggest that for most human beings, just as both freedom and discipline are necessary in life, serendipity and design must coexist in a work to make it readable.
At one level, SXSW exemplifies serendipity, because whenever I come, I get these unexpected meetings with people I never knew existed, and you couldn't have planned it. But by making the choice to come to SXSW, I'm increasing the probability of those encounters.
John Hagel III
John F. Kennedy
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