One of the great realisations about life is that a lot of your trajectory is determined by luck – the time you were born into, the color of your skin, and your sex are all huge components of where your life goes. If you were born a white male post WW2 you have already landed with the cards largely stacked in your favour and it is incumbent upon you to do something with that luck. I have friends who complain vociferously about this claiming that their achievements are all their own – they always seem to forget the fact that other than their natural advantages of being born white and male they also somehow managed to go to a private school and have a fully funded university education and a first job that was generated by family contacts. But other than that they did it all themselves.
However, there is an element of luck that everyone is exposed to and can take advantage of – the fact that there is actually so little competition. Consider the snip below which somehow landed in my inbox.
Granted it is depressing that we share the planet with such loons and that they will undoubtedly have children who will be equally as unhinged but consider the positive. There is so little competition in life – it is a phenomenal stroke of luck and it makes it easy to stand out.