How to increase your ‘Serendipity Index’


I don’t believe in luck. I believe that any action that people take leads to some form of outcome based on a complex clump of interconnecting inertias.

An area of coaching, called Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), works on an understanding of a process. In his book “the inner game of tennis”, Galway introduces us to playing tennis – first without a racket to imagine where the ball will end up, with a racket to visualise and feel where the ball is going to be hit, and finally with the ball to complete the process.

In understanding that ‘luck’ does not really exist, and that we live by programmes, perhaps a way of thinking about the lucky ones, is that they understand better what they need to do to get a certain outcome in situations that are non – random. These programmes could be helped by checklists

Within our psyche we process millions of bits of information and out of our interpretations come outcomes, so if we work on how these bits of information are processed then we can affect the outcome.

In communicating with people, the same filters are in play. We hone in on the bits of information we find interesting and therefore are surprised when we both connect. A connection that has a subject of joint interest in two different people is exciting because this common language or interest gives us permission to explore other adjacent areas.

This then leads me to conclude that we can increase our levels or serendipity by our actions. By exploring how we can widen our interest could then increase ‘our luck’ of bumping into somebody that could add value. We need to open up, and we need to stray from our comfort zones more. We will then experience others filtered worlds which will lead us to greater impact and opportunity.