The Science Behind Career Hot Streaks


Hot streaks are a familiar phenomenon in sports. Athletes often have stretches where they perform well above the norm for their career, sometimes spectacularly so. But what about nonathletes? Do people in other fields have hot streaks in their careers?

New research my colleagues and I conducted into the careers of about 30,000 artists, film directors and scientists suggests that the answer is yes, at least for those careers. And it’s likely that hot streaks occur in other creative, innovative professions like music and entrepreneurship.


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