Did you know that the odds of being a human being are 400,000,000,000,000 to 1? If all those zeros made your eyes cross, like they did mine, that’s 400 TRILLION!
I came across this little tidbit of information a few weeks ago, when I stumbled upon a podcast by Gary Vee: an entrepreneur, public speaker, and vlogger, whose in-your-face, no-holds-barred approach to business and life has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to get their shit together, stop complaining, and do the f*cking work to make their dreams come true. I highly recommend checking out his content, if you haven’t already.
Here’s Gary expounding a bit on this mind-blowing statistic.
The thing about "400 Trillion to 1" that's so life-changing is the boost in Gratitude and Self-Esteem that knowing this information provides. Those odds are almost inconceivably huge. When I think about how RARE this experience of life is, and how quickly the factors could have shifted, resulting in my not being born at all, I am FILLED with gratitude! My parents started dating after they randomly ran into each other at an amusement park. Suppose that never happened? And, not to be crude, but suppose my dad masturbated instead of having sex with my mom that day? Right? There’d be no me. And the same holds true for you: one different or sex-preventing event and you wouldn't exist.
Which brings me to Self-Esteem. In addition to the Universe-shifting factors that brought you here, there was also something else at play: YOU yourself. You were the strongest, most tenacious, and fastest sperm to hit that egg. You were best in your class before you even got here. You were BORN A WINNER. And, on top of that, you lucked out on the greatest jackpot of all time!
Think about that the next time you find yourself feeling sad about your life or doubtful about your abilities. :)