Imagine your life as a slot machine. The goal is to make all the windows turn up cherries. Now suppose that instead of spinning all the reels each time you pull, you could freeze in place the cherries already won, thus reducing the number of variables needed for a win.
You’d be more likely to get lucky, right?
That metaphor comes courtesy of Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh in their new book How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life. It’s also an excellent representation of what happens as a startup entrepreneur scales into the role of CEO and suggests how she can stay lucky as the leader of a larger organization.