Playing Life’s Odds
I am an odds player. This alone is one of the biggest reasons for my success in life in all the areas in which I have really accomplished something. I always go out of my way to do those things which are the most statistically likely to do well for me regardless of my personal feelings or Societal Programming regarding those actions.
Monogamy is statistically likely to limit my sex life and increase the amount of drama I will experience down the road. So I refrain from doing that, regardless of what society says, and have open/poly relationships instead. Result: massively increased sex, minimal drama, and significantly increased happiness.
Having a corporate job is statistically likely to bore me to death, suck out my soul, and stunt my long-term income growth. So I refrained from doing that, regardless of what society said, and started my own businesses instead. Result: massively increased income, personal freedom and happiness.
When I start a business, I focus only on those activities most likely to make me money, regardless of how interesting or exciting I think they are. Those two activities are marketing and innovation, just as I talk about in my primary lifestyle book. I don’t focus on things like technical aspects, business cards, polishing my widgets, and other things most business owners focus on, because these things are far less likely to make me money than marketing and innovation. Result: a six-figure income by age 27 starting from nothing, and a large six-figure location-independent income today that only requires a few hours per week to maintain.
When I settled down with a woman, I knew that doing it the standard, societally-approved way (monogamy, traditional marriage, combining finances, etc) would likely cause me massive financial, logistical, and emotional problems down the road. So I refrained from doing that, regardless of what society said, and had an OLTR Marriage instead, where I’m allowed to have sex with other women whenever I want and all of my finances are 100% protected in case of divorce. Result: massive peace of mind, sexual freedom, and what is, at least so far, a marriage that is an emotional and sexual dream come true.
When I walk into a Vegas casino, I ignore all the slot machines and all the table games, regardless of how fun they look (and I’m sure they are fun). Those are statically likely to cause me to lose money. Instead, I focus only on the blackjack tables, and even then, only the certain types least likely to cause me to lose. Then I play blackjack not the way I want, but the way that is most statistically likely to make money for me. Result: I’ve made thousands upon thousands of dollars in pure profit playing blackjack.
When I invest my money. When I travel to other countries. When I go on a first meet with a woman. When I buy a house. When I raise my children. When I go to bed at night. When I use TRT. When I negotiate with a new client. When I spend time with my wife. When I write a blog post. In everything I do, I examine the odds carefully before acting, then I only do those things most likely to give me the results I want even if society says I should do something different (which it usually does since society does not want you to become successful nor happy).
It’s not always easy. Sometimes my emotions want me to do things that are not likely to create the results I want. But I do it anyway. The result is that I’ve experienced moderate to massive success in literally every area of my life except one (and I’ll get that one nailed eventually).
This might seem like a robotic way to live. In some ways I guess it is. But the results and success you get by living this way more than make up for this. I live a life that is so amazing in every way that if you described my typical, day-to-day life to myself 20 from years ago, I wouldn’t believe a word of it, even the financial part, and I was pretty sure 20 years ago that I would do well financially in the future. I’m the happiest man I know. Trust me, that’s more than worth a little “robotic” seeming behavior patterns, the vast majority of which no one even knows I’m doing except for me.
Another slight downside is that I can’t do a few things that I would find interesting. Just a few. For example, I’d love to have a motorcycle or two because they look fucking amazing. I’ve been on one a few times and it was great, but I don’t like the odds. You’re 37 times more likely to die on a motorcycle than in a car and nine times more likely to be injured. Since the odds of you getting into a car accident over the course of your life are damn near 100%, I sadly have to refrain from getting a motorcycle.
This is okay, because I can still experience the speed and excitement of a motorcycle in other ways that have much better odds, such as roller coasters and jet skis. I’m also going to jump out of an airplane this year or next. The odds of doing this are just fine (only 0.0007% chance of dying from a single skydive, well within the 2% Rule). So if you’re just a little creative, these minor limitations aren’t really limitations at all.
Playing the odds in all areas of life is such a huge part of my success and happiness that I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you to do the same thing. In everything you do, do the following:
1. Stop, pause, and think before you act. (This alone is something many adults can’t do, as comments on blogs and social media clearly indicate.)
2. Do a some research and determine the actions which provide you the highest odds of getting what you want even if you personally and/or emotionally disagree with those things or think they would upset your friends or family. The only two rules are that it must be legal and it can’t hurt anyone. (It also can’t violate your personal Code, for those of you who have read The Unchained Man. For example, part of my Code is that I can’t lie.)
3. Then act, and only do those things, even if it feels weird, and even if you think society, your mom, or your friends will not approve. They probably won’t. (So what? Fuck them!)
4. Enjoy massive success and happiness.
It’s that simple.
Not easy, but simple.
I can’t recommend it enough.
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