What percentage of life is controllable?
Some say none. Some say all.
Some believe in luck. Some don’t.
Some believe they can will their way to any outcome and manipulate every result. Some let go and let the universe guide.
Like with most things, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
Part of being a lawyer is trying to figure out statistical probabilities. Everyday someone asks me to guess the probability of something happening in the future.
I’m a lawyer not a fortune teller. My job is to make an educated guess, not foresee the future.
I usually start by asking these questions:
Most legal problems are resolvable (a) given enough information to analyze and (b) making a judgment about the probability of a certain result. There is no perfecting the craft, but practice increases accuracy over time.
But the world isn’t black and white. There are too many variables to control. “Gray. The world is gray.”
The most volatile variable is always human nature. Desires for money and attention. Who gets credit for what. Who takes the fall when things go wrong. Envy.
These behaviors create thinking errors and muddy the math. It’s hard to think things through and objectively calculate probabilities when you’re anxious about achieving your outcome and not being wrong.
So, what are you trying to control? A business outcome or financial goal? (Usually these two tie together.)
The first thing to control is your emotions. It’s too hard to do the math otherwise.