Myth: Innovation is a matter of luck
The truth: a systemic approach is critical to innovation
Happiness is an abstract term that we assign to everything that seems improbable but still occurs. Several inventions and innovations in the past have been docked as a godsend.
In the 1980s, Tim Berners-Lee, a research physicist working for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, created the World Wide Web. He brought the ideas of hypertext, DNS and TCP together to create our beloved Internet of today.
Most consider this to be an accidental invention where luck played an immense role as it was in the right place and at the right time to create the web. Similarly, the Wright brothers' "Flyer" is viewed by many as an unforeseen event.
But was it all lucky? Is it the case that everyone at the point and time of Tim Berners-Lee and the Wright brothers could have invented the web or flyer? I'm afraid not.
All these inventors and innovators like Steve Jobs saw a possibility, an idea that no one else had. There is no doubt that luck played a role in countless inventions and innovations, but it is partly responsible for bringing an idea to life.
Innovations and inventions not only need the right framework, but also a visionary and a committed team who put countless hours behind their realization.
If you approach an idea in an orderly manner, put all your efforts into the work phase and at the same time keep an eye on the goal that lies ahead, this may be decisive for the realization of an innovation.
Happiness is secondary to a number of factors.
Luck followed when the Wright brothers studied the works of their predecessors who were unsuccessful working in a bike shop & print shop. Referring to an innovation or invention as a godsend therefore diminishes or diminishes the efforts of the person (s) who invested it in the realization of that innovation or invention.