Do Your Networks Promote Serendipity?

I had an enlightening conversation yesterday. I was sitting with four people I hadn’t met before, and we all struck up a conversation. We started off talking about where we’d grown up. That morphed into each of us sharing insights from our professions. We all walked away having learned something new and with new contacts. I personally learned something I plan to implement as soon as I have the opportunity.

This conversation reminded me of two things. One, serendipity is powerful. Two, your chances of serendipitous interactions like this one happening are influenced by the networks you’re a part of. If you aren’t in the right networks, “lucky” interactions like these probably won’t occur.