The Modern Survival Guide #84

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The Role of Luck in Your Life

This starts with a simple question — is there such a thing as luck? Absolutely, yes, and it works like this: statistics indicate what should happen to someone eventually; luck is what happens to you. If I’m playing roulette and I bet on black, theoretically I have a pretty good chance of hitting black. But what if I hit red six times in a row? It’s statistically unlikely, but it happens all the time. That’s luck — it’s the randomized outcomes of the universe’s operations. It’s the RNG of the cosmos.

The Impact of Luck on Life

Luck litters your life with all kinds of consequences. Let’s talk about four: your birth, your career, your relationships, and your health.

How Luck Impacts Your Success

There is a concept I call “prepper porn.” This is the philosophy that everything in life can be controlled if you just prepare sufficiently in advance. And it’s a crock of bullshit. There will be things you simply cannot control, because you’re not God: you don’t have omniscience, omnipotence, or omnipresence, and a lot of stuff is simply out of your hands.

You’re Not Getting Away From Luck

Luck has a huge impact on your life. It’s not for nothing that most award acceptance speeches start with some variation on “I’m so fortunate to be here.” Never, ever, take luck for granted. Never, ever, get so high and mighty that you forget how much luck it took for you to get where you are. If you have success in life, you were fortunate. You also almost certainly did a lot of things to become successful and prepare your path. You were still fortunate. That doesn’t mean you were blessed, or even necessarily special in any way. It just means the random number generator of the universe threw you double sixes, and you were able to capitalize on that.

Searching for truth in a world focused on belief.

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