Paul “don’t be evil” Buchheit has a great post on serendipity and opportunity clouds. He writes:
My theory of serendipity is still evolving, but from what I’ve seen, it’s better to think in terms of “allowing” serendipity rather than “seeking” it or “creating” it. Opportunity is all around us, but we have beliefs and habits that block it.
The two biggest blocks to serendipity seem to be ego-fear and “other plans”.
I had to look up the exact meaning of the word “serendipity”, this is what Wikipedia says:
Serendipity is a propensity for making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated.
I guess you could sat that your opportunity cloud is what makes serendipity possible. This is how I summarized the opportunity cloud in a previous post:
“Your opportunity cloud is the sum total of all the positive things that can happen to you at one particular moment. It is what happens when you position yourself to be in a spot where good things happen. For example, exposing your skills on a blog, going to a mingle party, connecting with the right people on social networks, moving to a larger city, becoming good at pitching yourself or your product etc.
Call it accumulation of opportunity capital that may or may not be turned in to real money.”
Call it whatever you want, just don’t call it luck.