The world is not predictable!
Do you believe in coincidence? No? Are you sure? Try to remember how you met your spouse. Or how you got your first job. Was all of that planned? Really? We are secretly convinced that we understand the world, how our partners and the laws of the free market function. And there certainly must be a simple formula for success. Think again! Ever since the financial crisis in 2008 one thing should have become perfectly clear: in complex systems there are a ton of factors that are unpredictable per se. The factor “chance” has always played a vital role: porcelain was only detected because Johann Böttger was trying to formulate gold. Scotch tape was originally planned as band aid and Viagra was discovered when male test persons wouldn´t even think of giving up their heart medication.
In his lecture Vince Ebert explains what entrepreneurial strategies are necessary in order to stay flexible and able to react to unforeseeable incidents and stay cutting-edge. He does this by using funny examples from natural sciences, neuro marketing and chaos theory.
Coincidence is absolutely vital for progress and innovation. After all the most successful system of our universe is based on trial and error: evolution. Without coincidence and chance the most influential species would never have been able to generate. Give chance a chance!
Vince Ebert gives a speech at TEDxHHL on October 8th, 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.