Gatorade’s Serendipitous Success Stretches Back 100s Of Years

Originally published January 28, 2015.

Revised and republished February 28, 2016 after a web host transfer.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time
to just by chance benefit from
someone else’s success

Do you enjoy drinking Gatorade? If so, your enjoyment is serendipitous success stemming from the straightforward success of ordinary people in Bangladesh. Hundreds of years ago, Bangladeshis created straightforward success for cholera victims by giving them carbohydrates and sugar to keep them hydrated. Western doctors who had gone to Bangladesh to help during a cholera outbreak were astonished to see how effective the local treatment was. According to Western medicine at the time, giving carbohydrates and sugar to diarrhea patients would worsen their diarrhea. Ordinary Bangladeshis proved that to be wrong.

The doctors published a paper about the effective treatment in a British medical journal. Doctors at the University of Florida saw the article. They blended carbohydrates and sugar in a drink to hydrate football players on the university’s football team, the Gators.

“The World As R+D Lab: How to recognize great ideas from developing countries—and bring them home”
Vijay Govindarajan
Inc. Magazine
May 2012, pages 98-100

Paula M. Kramer
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One Woman’s Straightforward Get-Out-Of-Bed Success Sparks Life Changing Success For Another Woman

Originally published February 12, 2014.

Revised and republished November 15, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time
to just by chance benefit
from someone else’s success

Introduction

This example of serendipitous success is copied from the Girl Goodwill Facebook page because Maria Holdsworth tells the story better than I could. Maria is right in saying “It was my good fortune that I was there that day.” Her good fortune began with her own success in getting out of bed and keeping a schedule while unemployed. Maria’s success was also the other woman’s good fortune. The other woman went to the right place at the right time to benefit from Maria’s straightforward get-out-of-bed success. Anyone who benefits from the other woman’s success at her new job will also enjoy serendipitous success from Maria’s straightforward get-out-of-bed success.

Maria’s Story

While I was unemployed I participated In Fremont’s ProNet chapters. I was unemployed for 10 months and showing up at ProNet gave me a schedule and some days even the motivation to get moving in the morning.

One day, a woman feeling hopeless walked into the office needing someone to review her resume. It was my good fortune that I was there that day. Her resume was in order, it was her self-esteem that needed help. I was able to lift her spirits that day, to the point where she smiled…briefly. Literally a few hours after meeting her, she called me to let me know she received an offer from the job she had applied for. I’ll remember that for a long time.

I guess what I saw was someone who was barely holding it together. She had such a wall up when she walked into the office where I volunteered. She was so afraid of the unknown, which was the only promise in her future. She rejected my recommendations that networking were just as important as applying for jobs. I reminded her (in a polite way) that insanity by definition is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. She had been looking for work strictly by applying for jobs online but was afraid to go to Meetups or other networking events because that was time she felt she could be spending in front of the computer looking for work.

She asked me a question, I don’t recall specifically what she asked but it had to do with what I thought about her. I think it derived from talking about her in-person interview skills. So, I was honest with her and told her I didn’t find her at all rude, but simply unapproachable. We talked on the subject a little more and the greatest reward was that she smiled. I remember I touched her wrist/arm just to reassure her.

After a few weeks I got the following reply to an email I sent inquiring about her new job:

Don’t ever forget the impact you have on people like me.
You gave me encouragement to hang on a little longer and
I thank you so very much, Maria.

Final Thought

Maria now carries with her the inner satisfaction of knowing she made a positive impact on someone else’s life. Maria’s straightforward get-out-of-bed success sparked serendipitous success for the other woman, and the other woman’s serendipitous success sparked satisfying success for Maria.

Paula M. Kramer
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Jason Lezak’s Straightforward Success Sparked Serendipitous Record Breaking Success For Michael Phelps

Originally published October 2, 2013.

Revised and republished November 4, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

For the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, Jason Lezak and Michael Phelps were teammates on the 4×100 freestyle relay swim team. Lezak, the oldest man on the team, swam the anchor leg.

The French relay team included Alain Bernard, who at the time held the world record in the 100-meter freestyle.

When Lezak started his leg, he was a body length behind Bernard. In the last 25 meters (half the length of the pool), Lezak passed Bernard to win, making the fastest 100-meter freestyle split ever. (“A split is the exact second that divides one lap from another. Split time is the amount of time that adds up between two splits.”) Lezak won with his last stroke.

Jason Lezak described his success in that race as “…one of the greatest moments of my career.” Swim writer Braden Keith described Lezak’s 2008 anchor leg as “…one of the top 3 moments in swimming history…” Because of Lezak’s straightforward success, the U.S. team set a world record and Michael Phelps went home with eight gold medals instead of seven. Jason Lezak’s success allowed the more famous Michael Phelps to break the seven gold medal record Mark Spitz had held since the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

“How to Calculate Split Times in Swimming”
Ryan Hotchkiss

“Jason Lezak Decides To Retire at 37; Will Be Remembered For “The Anchor”
Braden Keith
January 15, 2013
swimswam.com

“Teammate’s Fingertip Touch Gives Phelps’s Bid a Big Hand”
The New York Times
August 10, 2008

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The Serendipitous Benefit of Laurene Powell’s Sunflower Success

Originally published January 24, 2013.

Updated and republished September 20, 2015 after a web host transfer.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

Laurene Powell planted a garden, including a bed of of sunflowers.

Laurene’s husband was Steve Jobs. Steve and industrial designer Jony Ives walked through Laurene’s garden where they admired the sunflowers and how the flowers seemed to float above the plants.

Inspired, Jobs and Ive designed the sunflower iMac with the floating screen above a rounded base. Laurene Powell’s successful sunflower bed created serendipitous success for Steve Jobs, Jony Ive, and every Apple customer who enjoyed using a sunflower iMac.

(Paula Kramer used a sunflower iMac for more than 10 years. She still has it)

“Steve Jobs Didn’t Invent Design, But He Patented It”
NPR Staff
National Public Radio
May 13, 2012

Paula M. Kramer
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