Tilt the Odds

I don’t think most people appreciate how big a deal it is to make even a small improvement in the odds of success for an activity you do frequently.

If you make driving 5% safer for yourself, you’re doing yourself a huge favor over the course of your life. If you reduce your chance of a heart attack by 5%, that’s years added to your life. But people treat these things like they’re small because their likelihood of affecting a single incident is too small to notice.

Good advice doesn’t always work, but that doesn’t make it not good. Buckling your seat belt is solid wisdom even if you know someone who got killed despite wearing one. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that something isn’t worth doing unless it guarantees success. These little improvements add up. A lucky life starts with a little tilt.

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