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The Odds

The Odds

In 1937, Lana Turner was “discovered” sipping a drink at a soda fountain in Hollywood. She became a great movie star. That was also a one-in-a-million chance.

Yet people flock to the media trying to become influencers, screenwriters, actors, and “extras” (“atmosphere” or “environmental” people they call them today, along with “out of work”).

No one tells you and makes a point about the 999,999 people who have tried to be “discovered” and haven’t been for every one who has. Find something where the odds are in your favor, which won’t be at a casino, in a lottery, or sitting at a soda fountain. If you don’t like “selling” and consider it adversarial, then get out of consulting because you’re not going to make it.

Of course, if you want to visit the casino and play the lottery, or try to be a consultant without having to “sell” anything, fine. Just don’t spend any of that money you’re expecting until it’s in your hands.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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