The Serendipity of Success

The Serendipity of Success“The great successful men of the world have used their imagination … they think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building-steadily building.” ~ Robert Collier

We read about how something new came into being, and when we look behind the curtain, we see that it was brought about by seeming serendipity. Pinterest came about because of two people chatting about their love of collecting. They thought about how they could digitally display their collections and bam, Pinterest was born. Now that’s success for you, in spades. And behind that moment of serendipity, imagination was at work.

Life always follows thinking, it doesn’t work the other way around although we often act as if it does. Serendipity might just be the mask our consciousness wears to help us bring our subconscious desires into reality.

Harnessing your mind

Our success depends entirely on who we are. Who we’re being. We don’t experience what we want, but who we are. Success and self development fit together like a wonderful jigsaw puzzle because the way we become successful in any endeavor is the same way we develop ourselves.

Would you believe me if I told you that in this very moment, as you read these words, you’re creating your life, setting up the serendipity slide for your success to flow to you?

The thoughts and ideas we accept and entertain have the utmost power over our life experiences and yet, for the most part, we give them very little attention.

We’re always at choice, we can choose to be optimistic about life, always expecting good things or we can be the pessimist always looking on the dark side. And strangely enough, both views of life will be proven right. Every one of us draws our experiences to us according to what we believe. Never a truer word was written than, we reap what we sow.

What’s your focus

When I was a kid, my grandma would ask the strangest questions. I’d be sitting, minding my own business and she’d ask where I was going? Huh? Not going anywhere I’d say. Aah that’s the problem. Said she. Grandma was nothing if not tricky. I put another doughnut in my mouth. I wasn’t too sure where she was going with this and it might be better to wait it out. Sure enough a little gem on ‘living life’ followed.

You can’t wander around the streets not knowing where you’re going kiddo, at worst you’d get lost and at best you’d never get anywhere. And if you wander around in your head with no direction in mind you won’t get anywhere either.

Doesn’t sound like the road to success really does it? We draw into our world those things that we’re conscious of, the things that get our attention. And I wasn’t focused on much, well other than whether I could get away with grabbing another doughnut without attracting too much attention to myself. I wasn’t ready for another life lesson. Silly girl that I was…I could have saved myself a lot of time and trouble, and experienced more serendipitous moments of success a heck of a lot sooner, if I’d listened more closely to grandma.


We all reflect on our life. Not always on purpose and not always on the good stuff. We visit those old memories, usually not of our successes, but of the things that went wrong.

Viva la misery.

It’s the good and the bad news all rolled into one. When is it never this? What if instead of reflecting on mistakes and what-ifs and what-isn’t, we were to pay attention to grandma and choose a particular direction for our thoughts to travel? And what if that direction was of success, happiness, prosperity or well being?

Every thought is a request to Life and Life always, always responds in kind. And if it’s too hard to imagine this for yourself, it works in exactly the same way if you imagine it for another. Doesn’t much matter.

Life is a wonderful harmony of vibration and any thoughts and feelings we repeatedly have will bring a corresponding vibration from Life. Thoughts of success bring success. Thoughts of lack bring more of that. You gotta admit…it’s a pretty cool deal. And we get the easy bit to do.

You’re not alone

If serendipitous moments haven’t exactly been your friend. Or you sometimes despair of how you’re going to move from here to there. All you have to do is remember, we’re all in this together.

We’re never alone.

We truly are one.

If you can’t do it for yourself, ask a friend to imagine great success for you. It’ll come to them also. Or imagine great success for them. You’ll both be operating in the energy of success and then look out for those serendipitous moments.

When I was a kid I used to love to wander into English meadows and lie on my back…and yes it was on those two days of summer we might get if we were lucky. I used to lie there, chewing a juicy piece of grass and look at the sky. And listen to the skylarks. And my spirit was at peace. My soul was full. I knew for certain in those moments we weren’t alone. It might have been the beauty of nature. It might have been seeing something so much bigger and greater than me. It might have been the quiet whisper of God telling me he was there. And I’m just as sure today that even though I might not be lolling around in some sweet meadow listening to skylarks I can still let go and connect to something greater than me. I can still step into the moment and ask what should I do next?

And if I’m quiet, I’ll hear a tiny prompting. Not necessarily immediately. But it’ll come and I’ll know. And so will you.


In the comments below share your views, your insights, your perspectives on success or serendipity.

About the author.

Elle SommerElle Sommer is the founder of Reflecting A Life, where each week she shares actionable wisdom that points the way towards living a richer life in relationships, finances and spirit. Elle’s mission is to motivate and encourage everyone to create the life they want.

Thank you Elle for this inspiring post! I am sure the readers of Positive Provocations will benefit greatly from your beautiful wisdom. 

Zeenat Merchant SyalWith Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
Motivational Speaker/Naturopath
Holistic Healer/Writer



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14 thoughts on “The Serendipity of Success

  1. Nice post Zeenat and Elle, I was wondering why the tone was different from your usual Zeenat. Now I know why. lol! A poetic and wise journey through the process of creating our lives. thanks! Brad

  2. reflectingalife

    Thanks for having me Zeenat. You are such a bright light in my world, I’m blessed to be here.

  3. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. Guess what I found it 2 days ago without actually looking for it. I wonder if this post is by accident from you and if it was THANK YOU has it has made me see a little better then a pessimist.:)

    1. reflectingalife

      That’s wonderful. As an optimist myself I can say it’s a wonderful state to occupy. 🙂


  4. Patterson

    Good words of wisdom are sweet like honey and deep as the depth of an ocean kudos to you all for inspiring

  5. If you can’t do it for yourself, ask a friend to imagine great success for you. It’ll come to them also. Or imagine great success for them. You’ll both be operating in the energy of success and then look out for those serendipitous moments.

    1. reflectingalife

      It’s often easier for us to believe for another than it is for ourselves. And the great news Tess, is that it works both ways. How cool is that?


  6. Elle,

    That is exactly what I tell my kids and grandkids to this day. “I’m going to hold the vision for you. I’ll believe in you until you believe in yourself. Works for us!

    1. reflectingalife

      You and I are so often on the same page Tess…one of my favourite things is to say, if you can’t believe it for yourself, then believe in my belief. Amazing how this works!


    1. reflectingalife

      Thanks Swat, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. You encourage me, for which I’m grateful.


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