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Apr 14, 2019 06:28:13

Have you stopped winning?

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Brandon Wilson

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From the beginning, you were born a winner. Estimates vary wildly, but let's just say the minimum number of sperm cells released in one ejaculation is 50 million. That number might be much higher. So at minimum, the sperm cell that won and fertilized the egg that created you beat out at least 49,999,999 other sperm cells. That's quite an accomplishment. 

Have you noticed newborn babies have hands that are clenched into fists? Apparently this is called the palmar grasp reflex. I think it's cool to imagine a baby being born and ready to fight and defend itself. This is a silly idea, of course.

We are all born to win but we are programmed to lose.

We start learning from our caregivers until we start school. Some estimates show that by the time we graduate high school, we will have received over 14,000 hours of education. Depending on which schools you went to and which teachers you had, you might have gotten a lot of bad programming. 

The Director of Training mentioned that he has tried various techniques to get the crowd quiet when returning from a break. The technique that is most effective is the simple "Shhhhhhhh" directive. Why is it so effective? As little kids, we were told to be quiet in this manner by adults. This happened over and over again until it was ingrained within us. This is the power of programming.

Is your programming causing you to make choices that are not in your best interest? You may not even realize it because you might be unconsciously competent at certain tasks. Maybe it's time to evaluate some of your assumptions and reasons why you do the things you do. 

If you have stopped winning, it's time to start again. That's what you were born to do.

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    But can winning the sperm race really be a W assigned to 'you/i/us'?

    If a kid gets a trustfund and has a net worth of 100 million, few would say that that kid won or earned that.

    So can we really take credit for what some sperm did way back then even if it was super improbable? Not to mention, this totally negates how much of us actually came from the ovum. This fallacy i think is often commited because we attribute life to motion, and the sperm has more obvious motion.

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 16, 2019 01:42:37
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      @abrahamKim I think it is less about taking credit and more about being grateful that we were born in the first place. I suppose it depends on your life view whether we arrived randomly without a purpose or whether there is a Creator and there is purpose to every single soul. I didn't mean to suggest it's all sperm and no egg, but the numbers just worked out for the way I wanted to frame the idea. Thanks for reading!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 15, 2019 19:09:05
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    @brandonwilson The Boy had a rough birth and looked a little beat up. In the elevator on the way home another passenger said "He looks a little rough." I could see this did not please my new young mother, so I quickly shot back, "Oh yeah, well you should see the other baby. Kicked his ass!" 😉

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Apr 14, 2019 20:22:46
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      @Rawhead Ha! Clenched fists and all.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 14, 2019 20:05:47
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