I’m a firm believer in synchronicity. This is a term coined by Carl Yung, it means a meaningful coincidence that has a low probability of being a random or chance event. A few weeks ago I was speaking to a magazine editor who asked me if I had heard of the property magazine Aqar. I told him I had never heard of it (we have LOTS of magazines in Bahrain now). A day later the magazine shows up on my door step! It was being distributed in our area. I flip through the pages and see a photo of an old friend. Good for him I thought, he seems to be doing well for himself. The next day I get an email from him asking me to speak at an event, how interesting!
A coincidence? Yes, but a meaningful one. The story continues…
The old friend is a member of Young Arab Leaders (YAL). They were sponsoring the Bahrain activities of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and they asked me to be the key note presenter on the opening day. The event was held at the university of Bahrain. There would be many speakers throughout the week, as well as a business idea competition where the winning team would get seed money from a sponsor (Zain I believe).
Of course I agreed. I did so for two reasons. One, I love to speak in front of an audience 🙂 (I know I need lessons in humility). Second, I believe in furthering the “cause” of entrepreneurship, and in saving as many people as possible from the clutches of corporate life (no offence to you if you are someone who is in the clutches of corporate life). Starting with students is a very good idea.
I gave the presentation on Monday the 16th and it was a huge success. I was semi-mobbed after the talk with people wanting to speak to me. My talk was on the Seven Little Known Secrets for Massive Entrepreneurial Success (If I get the video and/or audio I’ll share it with you on this blog).
Anyway, a few days later I went to the Be Free Centre to help set up a new international anti-child abuse movement. This movement is the brainchild of Dr. Soroor Qarooni and Rana Al-Sairafie, the driving forces behind Be Free. I was honoured to be asked to become a founder of the movement (I’ll probably blog about it separately). I spent two days there with five other founders creating the framework for the movement.
On the second day, Dr. Qarooni informed me that her daughter was at the Entrepreneurship event I spoke at. Apparently she was very inspired and influenced by what I said. And her team won the competition! Her daughter attributed a big part of the success to something I said at the presentation! How cool is that! I’m afraid I don’t know what exactly I said that made the difference, but I’m very happy that I contributed in some way. I didn’t even know that her daughter was there. Coincidence? Yes, but a meaningful one! A “synchronistic” one.
A day later I got a call from a guy working in Bahrain Radio. He said that he wanted to interview me live on the air regarding the new anti-child molestation movement. He was given my number by Be Free. We agreed on the time that he would call me at, and then he said something like “Mr. Suhail, can I just express my admiration for you?” I must admit this question took me completely by surprise.
“Of course” I said. He then told me that he was there at my presentation at the university the previous week and he told me how amazing it was and how inspired he felt. He kept singing my praises and telling me how much he enjoyed my presentation. I kept saying things like “thank you” “hatha min teebak” and “ma gassart” etc. It was really nice of him to give me such positive feedback. I admit I felt good after he called me. Is it a coincidence that the person interviewing me about the new child anti-molestation movement happened to be at a presentation I gave on entrepreneurship…. ?
My View on Synchronicity
Let’s review the events that happened to me: Conversation about magazine –> magazine arrives at my front door –> see old friend in magazine –> old friend asks me to speak at event –> speak at event.
Help set up new anti-child abuse movement –> movement co-founder’s daughter happens to be at the event I spoke at (and wins!)
New anti-child abuse movement –> Radio interview –> interviewer happens to be at the event I spoke at.
One could argue that these are meaningless coincidences, but i don’t think so. As I said in the beginning of the post, I’m a firm believer in synchronicity. I also believe that everything happens for a reason, even crises and tragedies. But sometimes the reason only reveals itself later, and sometimes the reason is not clear at all.
I think synchronicity happens to people who are open to it. And follow the signs when they come. Every time you acknowledge a synchronistic event, the more of them will happen to you, and the more fulfilled your life will be.
Maybe you reading this today is a synchronistic event…
Talk to you soon.