#1733 The Odds of Success

Ignore Them If You Want to Do Great Things

In our last +1, we talked about Bob Rotella and How Champions Think.

As you may recall, Rotella (who is one of the ALL-TIME great peak performance coaches!) tells us that EXCEPTIONAL people think differently than average people.

(Note: By definition, exceptional people are the EXCEPTION to the norm.)

How do exceptional people think differently?


Among many other things, in short, they ignore “realistic” goals and decide what they want, what price they’ll need to pay to get it, and then they GO ALL IN in pursuit of that unrealistic goal as they CREATE their reality rather than conform to mediocrity.

Rotella’s thoughts on average people being overly influenced by “realistic” statistics reminds me of the great Stanford professor and design thinker, Bernard Roth’s wisdom from his great book, The Achievement Habit.

Bernard Roth has been a Professor of Engineering at Stanford for over FIFTY (!!) years.

A pioneer in the field of robotics, Bernie is one of the founders of the famed d.school at Stanford where he and his colleagues came up with the whole “design thinking” framework.

In this great book, he brings the concepts of design thinking to life in the context of our most important design project: designing our optimal lives.

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!”

He continues by saying: “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.

Are you paying a little too much attention to the supposed odds of your success?

I repeat…



I repeat…


If you feel so inspired…

Flip the switch.

Invite the best, most Heroic version of yourself to join us.

Stand up a little taller.

Take a nice, deep breath.

Chest up. Chin down.

Calm. Confident.


Get clear on what you want.

What would YOU achieve if YOU truly activated YOUR HEROIC POTENTIAL?


Get clear on the price you’re going to need to pay to create that reality.


Get to work PAYING IT.


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