Serendipity: The New Career Science
My neighbor "Ed" found his career, he says, when he literally
fell from the choir loft into the church organ. He was
fascinated by the specialist who showed up to fix the damage. Ed
began by sweeping up the shop, then served an apprenticeship.
Now he owns a firm that repairs church organs all over the
Three Dog Bakery was formed when a dog refused to eat. The vet
suggested, "Why don't you cook for her?" The dog's owner had no
idea where to begin. He modified a cookie recipe and the dog
wolfed it down. That was the beginning of an empire.
Maybe you suspect that most people find careers this way, rather
than through a linear step-by-step process.
If so, you'd be right. Researchers are beginning to find
examples of serendipity in career paths of successful
Serendipity means that you were influenced by an external event
that appears beyond your control. You sit next to someone on an
airplane who says, "I have been trying to fill a position