How to Maximize a Windfall

4 Ways to Profit from the Happy Accidents of Life

Sometimes the best things that happen to us come totally out of the blue. We don’t plan them, seek them, or try to make them happen. They just show up. So how do we make the most of these happy accidents?

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One of my team members was telling me about a biography of the essayist Montaigne. It’s called How to Live by Sarah Bakewell, and it was a big bestseller a few years ago. But here’s what’s amazing. It all started as a fluke.

In the back of the book, Bakewell says she discovered Montaigne because she was traveling in Europe and the only thing she could find on the train in English was a copy of his Essays. This is going to be terrible, she thought. But no. Not only was the book highly entertaining, it also created the possibility for a whole new direction in her life.

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