Re: [tsisson] "1 in 100" perspective...something to think about.
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I'm all for pushing the limits to explore and expand the possibilities...but if one can't be confident of pulling something off 100 times in a row (or even 1000 times in a row)...you are essentially playing Russian Roulette.
There's living where your being is completely focussed on experiences, your attention doesn't wander, and the intensity leaves a mental image behind with more clarity than film. Your days are filled with new challenges to overcome, each more substantial than the last.
There's existing where you work, eat, sleep, screw, and play like a working dog herding sheep or sniffing for drugs. There are enjoyable moments although you can get through it while half asleep. You need to be half asleep to survive the monotony.
You can live without putting your life in danger. Starting with a business plan, hiring 20 people you'd love to work with, cooking up enough material for a few doctoral disertations, and putting it all together to produce something novel can consume nearly all your attention and focus for years.
While enjoyable simply skydiving isn't enough. I can remember seven jumps over the last decade with the intensity to fit in the "living" category.
Nice cliffs are a lot easier to find than big marketable ideas and the $15M+ in venture capital it can take to make them real.
Where I'm confident in my abilities and living requires accepting statistics which indicate a 1 in 1000 or 100 chance of dying I'll take it (although in those situations you don't have enough data to figure out what the odds really are). I'd much rather be dead tomorrow than exist for 90 years like my grandma,
(This post was edited by DrewEckhardt on May 2, 2005, 6:27 PM)