#848 Statistics Show Trends

They Can’t Predict Your Life

In our last couple +1s, we’ve been exploring some history-making heroes. Most recently, the Mahatma himself: Mr. Gandhi.

Today we’re going to talk about some similar wisdom—albeit on a much more mundane, personal plane—from The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth.

He tells us: “Statistics show you trends, they can’t predict your life.

Likewise, consider that the odds have always been against greatness. If one were to decide on a career path just by the odds of financial success, we would have no movie stars, authors, poets, or musicians. The odds of any one person becoming a professional, self-supporting musician are very low—and yet turn on the radio and you hear hundreds of them. The odds were against the Beatles, Elvis, and the Grateful Dead, too. They could have been ‘scientific’ about the whole thing and chosen more reasonable career paths, and what a loss for the world that would have been!

If you succeed, the odds are then meaningless. Any path may have a 2 percent success rate, yet if you’re in that 2 percent, there’s a 100 percent chance of success for you. The long shots are often the most rewarding.

That’s Today’s +1.

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