The law of large numbers
In the Disney’s Pixar movie “Finding Nemo”, there is a quote I love:
Marlin: What if they don’t like me?
Marlin: No, really.
Coral: There’s over 400 eggs, odds are, one of them is bound to like you.
In my head “The Law of large numbers” is a concept that says that in a large number of something you’re gonna find at least one specimen of what you are looking for.
I know it means something else in reality, but I like to make my own concepts and theories about life. You saw that already, right? 🙂
So according to me, if you try to get a job in only one company, you won’t get much chance to get a job you want. If you try with thousand of them, you will get an actual chance to get a job. Plus, you’ll learn in the progress of applying to each of them. Each time you’ll get better and minimize your possible mistakes. Because getting a job isn’t always easy, you apply but you don’t know how many applied for the same position. It’s a matter of skills, timing and luck.
I can apply this concept to everything.
Take martial arts. You can try to do that pretty kick you saw a lot of times. Maybe you call all the times you didn’t execute that move a “failure”, but I call it a “try”.
If you follow your master instructions, and try that 1000 times, I’m pretty sure you will nail it in no time.
You can try a lot of things a lot of times as long there is no damage done of course.
So why losing your time with a company who doesn’t want to hire you? try with the 999 others.
I started to think about this concept when I saw this video I already posted.
It was saying that in a lot of tries, it is normal you’re gonna have a bad and good performance. Derek Muller talks in his video about the phenomenon called “Regression to the mean”. He says that thanks to the statistical nature of our universe, performance tend to be average when performed many times.
I say that thanks to this, you can find what you are looking for.
Now the next thing would be… how do I find 1000 interesting companies…. well, that’s another question…
… for now I have to find a name that isn’t taken yet for my concept.
Maximizing serendipity? the odds? Multiplying them?