This Article is Garbage


James Clear wrote a fantastic article titled “How to Uncover Your Creative Talent By Using the ‘Equal Odds Rule’.” James Clear explains the “Equal Odds Rule” here:

In 1977, a Harvard-trained psychologist named Keith Simonton, developed a theory that he called the Equal Odds Rule.

“The Equal Odds Rule says that the average publication of any particular scientist does not have any statistically different chance of having more of an impact than any other scientist’s average publication.” [2] In other words, any given scientist is equally likely to create a game-changing piece of work as they are to create something average that is quickly forgotten.

This hit me because essentially I have as good a chance of creating the next viral blog post as anyone else. The problem I have been having lately is the fear of producing what Clear calls “garbage”. I want every post to be that enlightening post that makes you hit the tweet button so that the entire world can know my brilliance! It just doesn’t work like that. Writing is hard sometimes. There are days that I just don’t want to write, I have nothing to say, and I don’t want to waste your time. However, if I really want to create something great I have to practice. As Clear says:

If you want to make a masterpiece, you have to be willing to create a little  garbage along the way.

So here is my piece of “garbage” for today. As I write these final sentences I’m actually quite happy with this post. I have accomplished the goal of educating my audience while working out my writing muscles in the process. Plus I didn’t break a sweat. Brilliant? Hardly. James Clear gets the credit for the brilliance in this post. Make sure you check out his site.