Nature stacks the odds by expecting failure

That’s why a turtle lays 100 eggs, knowing only a handful will survive. 

That’s why a tree drops millions of seeds, knowing only a handful will grow into new trees.

That’s why 100 million sperm set out and only one gets to fertilise the egg. 

Most humans stack the odds against themselves by expecting to never fail.

They avoid success by running away from failure.

But you can only embrace success if you expect that mostly you’ll fail. We don’t think of it as a failure when 100 million sperm minus one don’t get to the egg. We call it “The miracle of life” because one sperm made it. 

We don’t call it a failure because JK Rowling got rejected by 50 publishers. We call her the best selling author of all time because one publisher dared to see her potential. 

We don’t call Nelson Mandela a failure because he spent 25 years in prison. We call him a legend because he managed to end years of oppression under apartheid. in fact he said that his time in prison deepened his resolve and his courage to do what he needed to do.

Your story hasn’t finished yet. Like all stories it only makes sense looking backwards. Like that time you looked back on your life and realised that if that dreadful painful thing hadn't happened to you, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. 

Stack the odds - expect failure. But know that it is not who you are. Just as a tree is not a failure because less than 1% of 1% of it’s seeds actually grow into a beautiful oak. 

Right now is merely a stepping stone on your journey. A tiny fraction of who you really are.

Blessings on your journey,