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No. 761 / The rule (not the exception)

We live in a world where unpredictability is the rule, not the exception.

Whatever the arena is, it’s a frontier, one that is always changing and the outcomes are unclear. But, the more we understand our given frontiers, the more we can prepare for what inevitably will come—this is anticipating, not predicting.

Prediction should never be the aim. Even in the most “stable” environments, you’ll get it wrong. Instead, expect the unexpected. Life on the frontier brings its own rewards (and risks) but there's never an advantage in imagining that it's stable. It's hard to be surprised if you establish up front that you're likely to be surprised.

It helps to know the rules of physics in the universe where you are choosing to live.