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Paul Berge

My brother Esau and I have always loved that sermon.

Brian Fies

Good one today.

I always filter success stories (including my own, to the extent I've succeeded at anything) through the lens of survivor bias. Ask a winner how they did it and they'll say "A, B and C," and leave the impression that if you just do A, B and C you'll win too! But nobody ever interviews the people who did A, B and C (and maybe D, E and F) and lost. Too few successful people give pure dumb luck and being in the right place at the right time their due, because that's scary.

"Pros & Cons" reminds me of a recent episode of "The Middle" (hey, I like it!) in which the Sue character, a sweet naive girl who just started college, was asked if she were in a sorority. She scoffed, "Pfft, no, I decided it wasn't my thing when none of them picked me." There's something to be said for life taking a decision out of your hands for you.

parnell nelson

Two quick comments - 1. It's great to know that I'm not the only person who remembers Beyond the Fringe (still have their albums on cassette) and B. As far as ..."because it's been a while since you've even needed your own pencil to get into some college or other.", if some of the people that I work with are any measure, you don't even need to be able to spell your own name to graduate...

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