It does not really matter what you want to do, the odds are always crazy.

Every time we move forward to accomplish something meaningful, we take on even crazier odds.

Think about the entrepreneur who overcame incredible challenges to make a billion rands.

Did she stop then?

No, she took on the challenge to do something even more worthwhile with that money.

If the odds of overcoming your next challenge are playing on your mind, just remember Carl Sagan’s note on the magic of this moment:

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‘You are alive right this second. That is an amazing thing. When you consider the nearly infinite number of forks in the road that lead to any single person being born, you must be grateful that you’re you at this very second. Think of the enormous number of potential alternate universes where, for example, your great-great-grandparents never meet and you never come to be. Moreover, you have the pleasure of living on a planet where you have evolved to breathe the air, drink the water, and love the warmth of the closest star. You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff, my dad famously said, and he made me feel that way.’

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If the next challenge does not quite work out, the one after that will.

The odds will never get easier. But, as Carl Sagan points out, we are “star stuff.”

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