How to Beat the Odds

“Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.” — Bo Bennett, Author


Success, whether it is financial or otherwise, is a matter of beating the odds. You know that not everyone will be successful. Some people will enjoy moderate success, others will achieve tremendous success and many others will fail. 


Like most things in life there are no guarantees. Like most of life it is a game of odds. While you cannot guarantee any outcome you can do things to increase the odds of success. The more you know about what others have done that has worked and the more you know about the barriers to success and how to overcome them the greater your odds of succeeding. 


Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Conceptually it is simple, but it is not easy. It requires constant learning and change. It requires personal growth and development. It requires self-discipline. There are no short cuts. 


This is a life long struggle and challenge. It can be exciting and rewarding. It can challenge you to achieve more every day. If life is worth living, and it is, it is worth living well. It is worth challenging yourself to do better all the time. 


Keep learning, changing and growing to make yourself better all the time. Doing this increases your odds of success. Each positive step you take forward increases those odds. 


You will find an almost unlimited source of information from the internet, from books and other materials to read and listen to which will increase your understanding of what success requires. You can be mediocre and stand still. You can spend your time in idle amusement. You can waste time watching meaningless TV and playing games. Or you can devote some serious time each day to improving yourself and reap the benefits. 


Only 15 Minutes a Day


To start out just commit to spending 15 minutes a day reading good literature, self-improvement books, and listening to good audio and video programs on self-improvement. Just 15 minutes a day adds up. That is 1.75 hours a week, 7.5 hours a month, 90 hours a year. That is over 11 full 8 hour-days of reading and study a year. What could you learn in eleven full days of reading and study? 


This is only a start. Once you form this habit and begin to enjoy the process of learning and expanding your understanding you will want to spend more than 15 minutes a day reading. You can choose your goal – a half hour a day, an hour a day – whatever you choose will only increase your knowledge and understanding. 


Read in your area of work or expertise. Read about how others have succeeded by reading good biographies. At a mere half hour a day you can easily read two books a week. Imagine the knowledge you can gain from reading over a hundred books a year! You will know more about the areas you read in than almost anyone else around you. You will know more than those with whom you compete for jobs and customers. 


Some people find the easiest time to do this reading is first thing in the morning so that the day’s activities do not preempt you from doing it. Others like to read just before bed. It does not matter when you choose to do it – just so you do it. Read and study when it works best for you and keep at it. With each day you increase your odds of success.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.