Doubling your odds of success

“When I speak to young people on the topic of success, as I often do, I tell them there’s a formula for it. You can manipulate your odds of success by how you choose to fill out the variables in the formula. The formula, roughly speaking, is that every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” ~ Scott Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Here are two skills you can start with right now:

Public speaking – stop using “um,” when you speak. “Um,” is an unconscious vocal projection rooted in the fear of sounding dumb. Ironically, “um” makes you sound dumb. Practice being comfortable with the silence instead. People will think you’re more intelligent and persuasive.

Writing – you’re already texting, Snapping, and writing captions all the time. You might as well do it with coherent sentence structure and proper grammar. Here’s a good place to start learning how to be a better writer.

Other skills that will double your odds of success:

Foreign language
Overcoming shyness

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