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Success has nothing to do with intelligence

The man is prone to overconfidence. The poor test performance? Bad luck with the task. The promotion to head of Department? Performance. If it hooks in the career, is the fate. If it goes ahead, it confirms the competence. The truth is, however, also staff like responsible similarities: the candidate of the own University, the candidate from the hometown. Applicants with a German name are already at an advantage. And sometimes rich people just at the right time your resume or to learn your boss in the train compartment.

by Talent in the end anyway? The physicist Alessandro Pluchino and Andrea Rapisarda, and the Economist Alessio Biondo of the University of Catania in Sicily wanted to know more. In a Simulation, you have recreated a fictional society: A few people made them super smart and competent, many average talented, a few stupid. At the beginning of each in the model, the same performance, which was measured in terms of income.

Average talent and a lot of luck

But then the scientists scattered, every six months, random good luck and bad luck: A car accident reduced the performance by half, and an innovative idea could put the people according to the skills different good success. After 40 notional years showed that those Who is talented, will be more likely to be successful. The most Successful are usually reasonably smart, and have much luck.

A model can capture reality completely. A result of the experiment, however, is The influence of luck on the career is not to be underestimated. A certain degree of Talent it needs.

Dominic Multerer is one such example. Actually, he was just an Intern. His employer: a Start-up with two employees. However, an economic journalist impressed, as the 16-Year-old with a secondary school education for a caffeine chewing gum advertised. The portrait of the young people the author wrote in the Handelsblatt: "Germany is probably the youngest head of marketing". A Heading is like a title. They made him interesting for entrepreneurs. First of all, a big oil company invited him to a lecture. It was the breakthrough to a career as a speaker, consultant, author, interim Manager.

"It's nothing, the Smartest, the Best use is to be, when no man knows."Claudia Ohainski, Headhunter

"is Anyone a present," says Claudia Ohainski. As a Headhunter you are looking candidates for top positions and believes only due to luck: "A little bit of luck can always ensure that it goes a bit faster. But basically, career is always a consequence of upstream activities, of diligence, of hard work and a certain degree of optimism," she says.

do you mean: Dominic Multerer must have given his listeners something. Leap of faith was justified. Today, at the age of 27, he managed a Speakers ' Bureau. He has founded four companies, a number of books written about brand building and practical Management, a course at a University.

And how big is the Chance that a true happiness? As Jens Braak could calculate. As a physicist, he has been dealing with dynamic systems, which appear unpredictable. He now works as a career coach. "The chance is always part of the game," he says. A Chance for Serendipity cannot be quantified. For Braak, but this is also not decisive. He believes that you can invite good luck, if there is the random factor aware.

"A little bit of rattling is part of"

a career can mean advancement or change. Many Employees are with your Job very satisfied, until you see what Alternatives you have. "In the career, it is often so, that I have at any Celebration anyone can learn, give me then at some point a Job," Braak. "Or he told me of a course I had never heard of, and that changed my whole life." The more people one meets, the more such opportunities, is his conclusion.

If success is random, belongs to Failure.

The phenomenon is explored in the sociology of long and as the strength of weak relations is known. Family, friends, and colleagues who are in close contact with each other, know the same people, meet at events, listening to the same vacancies. You don't have to report to so much that is New. Much higher is the Chance that a casual Acquaintance can provide a job – even if the likes of random.

The career plan and chance a Chance to give, is the motto of a career coach Jens Braak: "Think of a lecture in the professional environment: As you can imagine then, with a well-Known in the area and on the other talk", the Coach is an example. "Or you can say: Here are 100 interesting people, I would like to have say 30 of them, "Hello.""

The network is crucial

to be of headhunters like Claudia Ohainski discovered, is a question of network. She is working on recommendations to sounds, more. "It's nothing, the Smartest, the Best use is to be, when no man knows," she says. From their point of view, it is no happiness to be recommended. "Those who make it to the top, who have the best relationships, the best network. A bit of a rattle, to make the market attention," she says.

Dominic Multerer can be Rattling good. He annoys journalists so long to write his number or about him. "Before I got my first lecture, I raised tens of universities: I'm 18, what do you think, if I believe in you Lectures – theoretical Lectures, but practical? Three the found interesting, when I made it," says Multerer. "This is, in principle, a snow-ball effect: If you anschiebst things, something happens, and other things. If it pushes nothing, nothing happens."

With people, he could not convince, with projects that went wrong, he stopped. If success is random, belongs to Failure. What would have become of him, if it had not at that time given to the article? "That was a door opener, but I'm sure I would have opened the door otherwise." (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 03.01.2019, 21:32 PM

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