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Luck Doesn't Exist

I hear people talk about luck a lot. Straightup - luck doesn't exist.

If you believe in luck, then you believe either: (1) some people consistently defy probability, or, (2) some things aren't a result of cause and effect.

Life is a series of probability. Every day, there's a chance that a given set of things will happen. If you want to have a successful life, expose yourself to as much high-upside low-downside probability as you can. Any given thing you do might not work out, but if you expose yourself to high-upside low-downside, good things will happen. Read books, reach out to people, try to get projects working, keep trying to write and build things, keep learning new skills, keep treating people well.

If you want to fail at life, expose yourself to high-downside no-upside probability. This is short term gain at long term expense type stuff. Cigarettes. Unsecured debt for consumption. Most TV.

You'll keep getting "lucky" if you keep exposing yourself to things with upside and limited downside. If you get an amazing job or contract that you had a 1 in 1,000 chance of getting, were you lucky? No, especially not if you applied and pitched 1,000 other places. If you say, "Ok, I'm going to keep trying to get what I want until I do" you'll get it, as long as it's a positive sum game you're playing.

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One of my first few experiences that made me rethink the materialistic way of life was buying something and thinking that it would make me most happy (and keep me most happy) and finding out that was hardly the case.

I have been fortunate to have always got what I have asked for. Be it technology, or food, or a roof over my head, or books, or the company of beautiful people, or vehicles, I have been fortunate. I am grateful to the Whatever it is that gives me what I want. I have been able to manifest whatever my heart has desired, but "true" and "everlasting" happiness seems to be alluding. And I wonder if I'm the only one.

I'm sure there are many, many other who have written on this topic, and this blog is yet another one. But what is it that brings us true happiness, with which we can negate the appeal of materialism? Is materialism bad? Should it be avoided? One thing this has taught me, is that happiness does not, and cannot lie in the world outside.

Our society has become more and more consumerist, and more and more materialist, but are we happy? Has your level of happiness increased? Are you more happy today that you were a decade ago? If yes, then that's great! But if not, then you and I must be doing something wrong, no?

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