24Apr

Randomness Is Not Your Friend

Would you rather have a life of predictability or a life of randomness?

Let’s try a simple math exercise. Pick any number between one and ten. Now take that number and double it. Next add eight to that number. Now divide that number in half.

What number do you have now? Next, you’ll need to subtract the original number you began with from this latest number. You should now have a final number in your head.

Take that number and pick the corresponding letter from alphabet that number represents. For instance, if your last number was “1”, the letter would be “A” or if the number was “2” the letter would be “B” and so on.

What is your letter of the alphabet? Think of it and using that letter, pick a country in Europe or the Baltics whose name starts with that letter.

Now take the last letter in that country’s name and think of a zoo animal whose name starts with that letter. Now take the last letter of the zoo animal’s name and pick a common fruit that begins with that letter.

At this point you should have a country, a zoo animal, and a common fruit.

Roughly 80% of the people who perform this exercise will end up with a combination of “Denmark”, “Kangaroo”, and “Orange.” Or they might be thinking “Denmark”, “Koala”, and “Apple.”

Why do so many people arrive at such similar conclusions? It’s a matter of predictability.

The real value of predictability can be felt when we apply it, not to a math exercise, but to our financial planning. This particular life path is too important to leave to chance or to lazy math. It deserves a better approach than random choices or simply following the herd.
Abundant living is much easier to attain when we create predictability.

Author: Doug Andrew


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