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Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business by Lane Becker, Thor Muller

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Working on a Chain Gang

What makes Henry's story so interesting is that it challenges our assumptions about what makes for good connections. Henry lives in a remote rural village in upstate New York. He is a nature photographer who doesn't spend his time at networking events, or use either Facebook or Twitter. We wouldn't expect him to be able to access a world of connections at the drop of a hat, particularly in a field so far away from his own. Yet none of that mattered.

One thing that did matter was the Internet. “Yes, this could have happened prior to the Internet,” his wife Jacquie explained, “but this kind of serendipity was just not as likely pre-Internet. Scholars were more isolated. People were more isolated. The Internet has opened ...

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