Life is random

People tend to offer too much importance to calculating probabilities, making scenarios, deciding what is the best action to take, anticipating what is going to happen. It’s a constant struggle to anticipate the future in order to minimise risks and avoid failure.

The truth is that all this is great, but not of much use. Many people come now and say that the economical crisis should have been anticipated and it was obvious that it was going to happen, but if you ask them when the next one will be they won’t be able to tell you.

Other people can’t understand why their business failed while an other, similar to theirs, is a success. The same goes for almost all aspects of life, while some fail, others succeed. There is no model or recipe for success. What worked once may not work again, what worked for me might not work for you.

Every model has a random factor that can’t be excluded and which most of the time is decisive to the outcome. Every decision we make in our lives can be turned around by some random event, opportunities can arise from nothing, any plan can go great or go wrong just by the smallest detail.

The only thing you can do is act. Never wait for the right moment, for the perfect opportunity or the perfect idea. Randomness can work for or against you, the only way to find out is to go out there and do something. If you fail, try again until you succeed. Eventually you will.

Every event that has happened had an 100% chance to happen, we just didn’t see it.

Running away

Our response in any situation in which we feel threaten is either fight or flee. It’s our natural instinct that helped us survive though the ages. The only problem is that things have changed now.

You will not be able to outrun your boss, the emails you receive, the phone call you don’t want to take, the pressure from others, change. Even so most people try to avoid them as long as possible trying to avoid the inevitable.

Instead of running away some people run towards all of these. They are the ones you see going to their bosses and asking for more responsibilities, the ones emailing you to start a project or collaboration, the one trying to build a start-up, to make a difference, to change the world.

In a world where most people run away from responsibilities, the ones running towards them will be the ones who will get rewarded.

Implementation of ideas

When thinking of starting a new business, developing a new product, a company, and go entrepreneur, most people think about ideas. It’s the thing that people normally think it’s a must when trying to produce the billion dollar company.

The problem with ideas is that they also need implementation. If you want to think of a model, think of a brilliant idea as worth 1000 dollars, a good idea 100 dollars, a bad idea 10 dollars. On the other hand, an excellent implementation is worth 10000, a good implementation is 100, a bad implementation is 10, and no implementation is 0.

The truth is that ideas are worth nothing without the implementation part. No one will pay anything for an idea, at least not an important sum of money. Implementation is the key element behind any idea. The opposite is also true, if you don’t have an idea to implement then you’ve got no starting point.

Ideas and implementation go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other and be successful.

Failure culture

Success is most of the time linked to how willing people are to risk and take chances. Usually most people refuse to take chances because they are afraid of failing. And it’s understandable. No one wants to be disappointed, to lose time and resources and end up with nothing, but the most important thing is the fear of social pressure and how others will perceive them.

When talking about different attitudes toward failure the difference between Europe and the US comes to mind. In Europe failure is seen as a major setback in life, a serious problem, even a tragedy.  People will do almost anything to reduce risks, to play it safe, to be sure they are on the right track just to avoid failure. It’s more a culture of not failing than of making it big.

On the other hand, in US failure is just part of everyday life. You go out there, do your best, fail, then get up and try again. People expect you to try. It’s an attitude that encourages you to take chances, to experiment and to try to make it big.

Failure is inevitable when you try to achieve great things. What matters is not if you failed, but how fast you can get up.

Asking for help

Most people are afraid to ask for help. They fear that people will see them as fools or incompetents. They are afraid that they will lose their jobs because they are not good enough. They consider that eventually they are going to do it on their own or that no one will notice.

But, most of all, people are afraid to ask for help because of the barriers that other people built around them. Colleagues always seem busy doing their job and people don’t want to disturb, the bosses are in their office with their doors closed, the person responsible with the project is too busy doing budgets and other things to answer your questions.

While this might be the case, avoiding to solve the problem will not make it go away. It will only increase its damaging effects in the long run. And as problems gather they will grow even bigger until there is nothing more to do than face them.

The problem is that then it’s too late. Each problem, if confronted at its initial stages, has a lower chance to produce high damage and, if anticipated, it will produce none at all. That’s why most successful people are some of the first people who ask for help when they anticipate a problem or a difficult situation.

Damage control means that you asked for help too late.