The odds in favour of you being born were slim

The odds in favour of you being born were slim | Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

“Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of the earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favor of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff. Don’t be like the ingrate who got a castle as a present and worried about the mildew in the bathroom. Stop looking the gift horse in the mouth—remember that you are a Black Swan.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The odds in favour of you being born were slim | Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan
The odds in favour of you being born were slim | Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

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2 thoughts on “The odds in favour of you being born were slim

    1. Oh yeah…so true, sometimes all it takes to be taken into that reflective mode is looking at a busy sky or a quiet city (it sounds like an oxymoron, a quiet city but it’s not nowadays!)

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