influence or control over the situation, such as in the
random roll of dice or the spin of a roulette wheel. For
everything else, it's not the odds that make the real
difference; it's what you actually do.
What are the odds of succeeding in a particular profession
given your background? What are the odds contracting a
Actually, for things like these the odds are really
meaningless. Any specific outcome depends on your individual
situation and on what you choose to do about it.
Those who make the commitment to succeed, and do whatever is
necessary, will reach success regardless of what the odds
might say. Those who depend solely on the odds to keep them
in good health, and don't do anything about it themselves,
will not have very good health.
Instead of pursuing things that will merely improve your
chances of success, go directly toward the success itself.
Keep in mind that the specific results you get are based on
your own thoughts and actions, not on the statistical
Rather than letting the odds give you a false sense of
confidence or a wall of unwarranted fear, focus on the
things you can actually control. Take full responsibility
for your own outcomes, and you'll end up going precisely
where you choose to go.