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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.

Ambition 1: Daily meditation

On Mike Dariano

This post is part of my attempt to be better.

WAIT! This post is not going to be what you think it is. My attempt at daily meditation is inspired by what James Altucher once wrote about keeping the different parts of your existence in balance. Altucher writes about the balance of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional selves in the broadest terms. His suggestion was to to spend time each day expressing what things you were grateful for. Well, that's fine and dandy for him, with all his spare time, living his life. But I was really wrong and after realizing that I gave it a chance.

And it works. It really does work. I spend a few minutes - usually at night while in bed - reflecting on how fortunate my existence is. In terms of the world, I am a member of the one percent and if you are reading this you are too and that makes me damn lucky.

This week the first winter storm rolled through the great lakes region and while it was cold and the wind was bold it wasn't a debilitating storm like we sometimes get. I only had to spend a brief time outside but it made me think that 40 years ago things were a lot different. Houses didn't have insulation like they do now. Generators weren't there as a safety mechanism. Furnaces were a lot less efficient.

I also have a car that runs well, a safe school for my kids, a wife I love. I have a computer and internet access which brings an immeasurable amount of joy to my daily life.

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