Biases Against Consistency

A surprising amount of success can be chalked up to showing up, each and every day. So why do we not acknowledge it?

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It’s easy to look at statistics and assume that something is impossible. My personal favorite is business success rates. On average, survival of businesses is very poor — most die within the first year, and the survival rate only gets worse as time goes on.

Of course, that’s of businesses. You aren’t a business, you’re a person trying to start a business. When you look at the people who run the longest lasting companies, you realize that these are also the people with the most experience of failure — that is, they made probably 3 to 4 of those first year companies before they made one that lasted ten years and beyond.

Let me go back to my original statement: the biases against consistency. We are biased because we aren’t seeing the picture in the way the picture is meant to be seen. When we focus on survival of businesses, we fail to see the experience of the owners. When we focus on the success of books, we fail to see the productivity of the authors. There’s a lot more to the game than just “luck”, even though luck does play a factor. In reality, luck is just all those little pieces we don’t quite understand. 

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