Is there such a thing as a safe formula for success? A physicist has evaluated publications by well over 10,000 scientists and created a simple formula for success from them.
Have you ever asked yourself why some people are more successful? Is it because of a lucky hand, the genes or the right idea at the right time?
The network analyst Albert-László Barabási (53) wanted to know why performance and hard work do not automatically lead to success. He also wanted to refute Einstein’s statement that people who hadn’t achieved anything in science by the age of 30 would not later either.
To find out, he and his research team analyzed the publications of over 10,000 scientists and the careers of numerous entrepreneurs and artists. The results of the survey are quite interesting.
Performance and network in the formula for success are rather insignificant
A basic idea in success research is that the level of performance directly affects success or failure. Barabási partially contradicts this. The reason, in his opinion, is that today we mostly live in an environment where everyone is relatively equally good.
In certain areas, such as competitive sports, it’s true that slightly better people can be identified because the results are measurable. But in everyday life, someone who’s a little better can hardly be objectively recognized.
The personal network, i.e. the people someone knows, is similarly insignificant. Many people would rely too much on quantity instead of quality.
According to the scientists, similar people in the network hardly bring any advantages on the way to success. It is much more important to be aware of which network can help you to be successful, e.g. consisting of different managers for an athlete.
Q factor as an important part of the formula for success
When evaluating the data, the scientists also noticed that successful people rarely rested on their laurels. Instead, after completing one project, they would usually move on to a new one.
The research team around Albert-László Barabási describes the most important component of the formula for success as the so-called Q factor. They use it to describe the skills, knowledge and training of a person.
Success is then the product of a random idea and this Q-factor. The higher the Q-factor, the more likely the success.
While scientists argue that a person’s Q-factor hardly changes over the course of a career, there is still hope. According to the research team, there are occupational fields that are better or worse for a certain Q-factor.
So if you rarely or never achieve at least small successes in your job, you should think about changing it if necessary, as the desired success could wait there.
The results of the interesting study were published in the English book “The Formula – The Universal Laws of Success”.
Did you enjoy this page?