Randomness Is Essential For Your Personal and Business Success. Read This To Find Out Why
Organizations and individuals who have a problem with randomness will hardly succeed in achieving their dreams and visions. The inclination for sameness has caused massive disappointment when it comes discovering new opportunities. Risk taking, curiosity and acceptance of randomness have been responsible for some of the most progressive careers in the field of entertainment, sports, business and even our own personal lives.
Contests who participated in reality shows such as American Idol and The Voice have gone on to become very accomplished song artist and actors. Well known singings and actors like Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia have had prominent roles as actors, even though their specific talent was in singing. Their exposure to randomness resulted in other opportunities besides singing. Many of these individuals didn’t win the ultimate prize of the talent competition but because they took a significant risk and made themselves known, they were discovered by others who desired to capitalize of their new found fame.
In the area of sports, many athletes who were subject to challenging lifestyles, including poverty, disabilities and other crises, have gone on to become exceptional sports icons. Take for example, Wilma Rudolph, an American track n field star and Olympian winner of three medals (2 gold medals and one bronze) had to overcome the crippling disease of polio in order to become an American sports legend. Doctors told her that she would never walk again, but the positive and encouraging people around her inspired her to believe in the impossible. She not only walked but ran herself to greatness. Afterward, she opened the Wilma Rudolph Foundation in order to help children to work hard and believe in themselves, an idea that resulted from a natural click moment.
In the world of business, great fortune 500 companies rose to prominence because of the exposure to randomness. Others believed in their ideas and invested in their visions. Successful Companies such as Walmart, Exxon Mobil and General Motors are the lifeblood of the American economy. These companies have kept thriving despite the 2008 recession and other bleak challenges that have befallen them. They just keep on going, adapting to change. This determination to reject the predictable and take risk with new ideas, products and services has resulted in many click moments.
Randomness plays an important role in any adventure. There great singers who will never become known, great athletes who will never reach the pinnacle of success and great ideas that will go no further than a passing thought because people and organizations refuse to muster up the courage to take the risk of exposure that will lead to open doors and opportunities.
Randomness Assessment in Your Company
What part does randomness play in your organization?
The Book “The Click Moment” is an eye opening pattern of concepts that can inspire hope in all those who pursue their dreams. I believe and agree with Frans Johansson randomness plays a great part in one success
The inclination for setting safe goals and predictable strategies will result in little if any progress in achieving dreams and visions. The tendency toward the safe and predictable will result in constant disappointment. Many organizations and individuals find themselves experiencing the same old cycle of sameness year after year, simply because they refuse to take the necessary risks which could open up opportunities for success in their market or niche. But In order to experience success an organization must learn to fail its way into success. The same applies to individuals. Multiple risks must be taken. There must be an awareness of the right moments that could potentially lead to the click moment. When such opportunity present itself the company or person must take advantage of the “Click Moments” This type of risk taking requires becoming acquainted with the mystery of randomness. The randomness within an opportunity can result in great recognition and opportunity for advancement.
No amount of success or progress has ever occurred without the assistance of randomness in one form or another. This includes the success of individual, organizations, communities and nations. Even though people and organizations may formulate goals and strategies in order to achieve their dreams, somewhere along the journey, randomness played a significant role.
Is the Business of Your Organization too Predictable?
The prerequisite for breaking out of the cycle of control is by becoming comfortable with the idea of randomness as well as the benefits it can produce. According to the book, Click Moment, by taking more and more bets or affordable risk, an organization or individual can create opportunities in which success can occur via randomness.
By taking more risk, becoming more curious and surrendering to randomness, a company or person can accelerate its destiny.
In real world situations, one can discover a number of instances in which people put themselves in positions to be successful. For example, take a couple of nationally televised reality TV. Shows such as American Idol or the Voice. Great singers appear on these shows before a nationwide audience and make themselves known. They take affordable risks in order to become the next best recording artist or the next Taylor Swift, Beyoncé or Justine Timberlake. Although 90% of these great singers will net win the competition and land a recording contract, they expose themselves to randomness. Many of them, because they appeared on the show, actually go on to obtain recording contracts from other producers who discovered their talents on these reality shows.
In the field of sports, there are many stories in which Athletes who thought of themselves as unsuccessful and odd. Take, for example, Wilma Rudolph, an Olympian Champion in track and field, suffered from polio at age 4. She was told she would never walk again. However, because of positive people in her life who provided constant therapy and encouraged her to believe in the impossible, she was able to walk again. This was the beginning of her fame. Wilma Rudolph began running track n field. She tried out for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and became one of the most famous black American women, track and field stars in the history of the games, winning three meddles: 2 gold and one bronze.
After she retired from track n field, she seized the opportunity to open up the Wilma Rudolph Foundation, institution that helped children learn the benefits of discipline and hard work. This was certainly a result of a click moment.
The same randomness appears in the success of organizations as well. A business starts off with an idea and struggles for years to produce a product that will satisfy potential customers in the Market place. During the journey all sorts of helpers and mentors or stakeholders will appear, suggesting great ideas for bettering the product or service. After a number of years, the organization grows to a point of incredible success, perhaps appearing on the Fortune 500 list for outstanding achievement. Prominent franchises such as Wal-Mart stores, Exxon Mobil, General Motors, Food Motors and Verizon Communication, just to name a few. These companies are the backbone of the American economy.
My own personal case study also supports this idea of randomness. In my junior year of college I attended a Business Conference in Chicago for college students. I went to the conference to explore job opportunities and basically to meet people. I was working for a non-profit organization as an intern. I attended meeting, workshops and dinner. As I attended the dinner I searched out a table that would get me closer to the speaker. I was totally unaware that there were two employers sitting at the table that I chose. I didn’t know anyone which made me free to get acquainted. There were seven students and three employers sitting at my table. The goal of the conference was to get acquainted with employers for possible employment. The seven students began to talk about their education and job
experiences. I didn’t mention anything about myself or experiences. I stayed cool as a cucumber. The person head of Allen Bradley Human Resources Department sat next to me and began to ask me questions about my education and job experiences. She was so impressed that she asked me for my resume. That was a “click moment” for me. Six months later someone called me from Allen Bradley and offered me an internship with higher pay. One thing I have observed, an individual has to position himself for success by creating randomness.
Therefore, organizations and individuals must make themselves known by taking advantage of every opportunity available, regardless of how challenging or intimidating the risk may appear. The company or the person must be curious or be on the look-out for new ideas, products, services or trends.
Not all randomness will provide opportunities for success. Nevertheless, the more risks an individual or organization takes, the activities opens the door for a great click moment to occur. If risking leaves an individual standing, then he can risk again and again until he (exposing himself to randomness) a Click Moment occurs. Playing it safe and going for predictability will doom an organization or individual to an endless cycle of mediocrity or failure.