Each person strives to be successful in life and does a lot to achieve this. But is it possible to predict the success or failure of a person? Experts say that it is possible.
Now famous people who have achieved impressive success in business, creativity, science often share their secrets and give advice. And scientists, analyzing their life and actions, are trying to derive the so-called “formula for success.” Or in other words – the secret of their professional take-off.
Citing the experiences of people like J.K. Rowling or Henry Ford, who went bankrupt before he created the automobile empire, scientists determined the success factors using mathematical calculations.
For example, in a curious study conducted at the Kellogg School of Management in the United States, scientists developed a mathematical model to understand why these people succeeded, while others failed in a close crush for their place on the career ladder.
So, the researchers, armed with American databases, identified two key factors on which the success of the undertaking depends.
A study published in the Nature journal suggests that people who have been successful have analyzed their failures and learned from them by changing strategies or improving the product. While the “losers” tediously repeated their actions according to a doomed scenario.
But it turned out that it’s not just about analyzing mistakes and improving their actions. The mathematical model showed that there is a certain tipping point. If a person’s ability to build on their previous attempts exceeds a certain threshold, which has a numerical expression, then they are likely to succeed. Otherwise, the result will be negative.
This factor depends on how quickly people learn from their mistakes and how much useful information they learn from their past failures. The researchers explain that it is not enough just to analyze experience; it must be done quickly and very efficiently.
Using the developed model, scientists will be able to successfully predict the success or failure of a person, based on only a small amount of information about his initial attempts.
Quite often someone got lucky with Lady Luck, and someone was supported by His Majesty Chance. However, everyone has their own path to success, but there is something in common in the experience of successful people: it is a clearly defined goal and hard work to achieve it, despite all the difficulties and failures.
In this regard, we can refer to the experience of the British writer J.K. Rowling, a screenwriter and film producer, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series.
Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling considered herself “the biggest loser she knew.” Depression in connection with the separation from her first husband even caused her thoughts of suicide. And then one day, while traveling by train from Manchester to London, a young woman came up with the idea of a novel about a boy attending a school of wizardry, and on the same evening she wrote the first pages of the future novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Five years later, Rowling, having finished typing her first novel on an old typewriter, sent the manuscript to twelve publishing houses. However, they all rejected the manuscript.
Only a year later, she finally received the green light and, in addition, £ 1,500 in advance from the editor of the London publishing house Bloomsbury, who warned the aspiring writer that she had little chance of earning money on children’s books. Bloomsbury published The Philosopher’s Stone in June 1997 with an initial print run of 1,000 copies.
Just seven years later, the renowned Forbes magazine named J.K. Rowling the first person to become a dollar billionaire through book writing and the second richest woman in entertainment.
In 2004, Rowling was named the richest woman in the UK. Moreover, she turned out to be 3 times richer than the Queen of England. For all films, books, games, J.K. Rowling has received more than 570 million pounds. The writer won the British Book Awards for Author of the Year, and her books won the Book of the Year nomination.
Harry Potter is currently a global brand valued at $ 15 billion. The last four Harry Potter books, one after another, have set records as the best-selling books. The series of books with a total volume of 4 thousand 195 pages has been translated into about 65 languages. More than 250 million copies have been sold in total.
Films and theatrical performances have been created based on J.K. Rowling’s books. And behind all this fantastic rise in popularity and ascent to the heights of fame and fortune are the perseverance and considerable work of the writer.