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Researchers analyzed the career-long performance of more than 20,000 scientists, 3,000 artists, and 6,000 filmmakers.
They found and confirmed the existence of a "hot streak" in one's mid-career - a multiyear where there are a series of successful outcomes within a finite period.
Between 80% to 91% of people analyzed were likely to have at least one hot streak, while a third had two hot streaks.
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Hot streaks can occur at any time during your working lifetime.
Researchers have observed people in their thirties and forties doing more of their greatest work than other age groups, not because age and creativity go hand-in-hand, but because we produce more during that age.
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Hot streaks are also known as 'career-defining periods of unusual success' and this has been observed in almost every domain such as Einstein's "Miracle Year" of groundbreaking discoveries to director Peter Jackson's box-office-smash Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Those in creative careers often see a burst of success. That burst or a "hot streak" is seen right after an experimental phase of focus on one approach.
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