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Video: The Bell Curve of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

August 26th, 2014

The Bell Curve of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

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The reason I call for these levels of success is, there is a mathematical property that we have know about for — gosh, I’m going to say almost a hundred years probably – -and you’ve all seen it — anyone who has been to school has seen it. And that is The Bell Curve. Right? The funny is about math is we can come across mathematical constructs that actually mimc the world in very effective ways. In the case of success, if you’re looking at this, you have very few people, relatively few people who are unable to support themselves at all — the true poor, the true poverty-ridden who are trapped in poverty. At the other end of the spectrum, you have the — (laughs) I almost said, excessively rich — the exceedingly rich. You can use whichever term you prefer — you have the exceedingly rich celebrities — Donald Trumps, Moadonnas, P Diddy, name your favorite. Pardon? (inaudible) But the bulk of us, the bulk of people in the world fall in the the curve. That’s the way it works. It’s not because someone declared that the Bell Curve is the way you figure this out. It’s if you do studies and you track statistics this curve appears again and again and again. In everything from bird populations to human genetics — anything. We know that this gives us a way of looking at the world and yet we ignore it. We ignore the fact that, these are the outliers, these are the outliers. Ok, guys, we are the “normal” people here. What we do, what we see, what we earn on a daily basis is the norm. It falls probably somewhere in that range. But we’ve been told — only these people are successful.  

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