The Odds Are Against You Succeeding; 3 Ideas To Help You Change That

The odds are against you succeeding; let’s change that.

Life is a numbers game.

You have a 1 in 1,5 million chance of becoming a movie star.

You have a 1 in 2,3 million chance of being struck by lightning.

You have a 1 in 112 million chance of being killed by a vending machine.

There are other statistics that hit much closer to home:

8 in every 10 startups will fail within the first 18 months.

Only 8% of people ever accomplish their new years resolutions.

I hate to tell you this, but the odds of you succeeding are stacked against you. It’s not a pessimistic point of view, it’s simply reality.

Over the years your biology, psychology and environment in which you live conditions you to survive, but not always to thrive. You become complacent and stop pushing as hard. You encounter resistance and decide that it’s easier to simply stop.

I am here today to help you tilt the odds back in your favour with 3 ideas for your consideration.

You will go from ‘May the odds be ever in your favour’ to “No matter the hand I am dealt, I am going to crush it”.

Develop a routine

This might be the most important thing you can do. Why? Because it breeds consistency.

The reason we so often fail at changing our ways is that we try to erratically shove new behaviours into an existing routine without considering the impact on the rest of the routine, or not having a routine at all to support the new behaviour.

Routines are not boring. That was not a typo.

As long as you believe that a routine will somehow stifle your creativity, productivity or freedom you will never implement it.

The most successful people I know are pedantic about their routines. They have to be. The more successful you become the more responsibility you have to deal with which means that you have more activities/requests that contend for your time.

If you try and wing it, you will fail.

At the very least start with an Anchor Action.

Become more strategic

One thing I love hearing is how BetterMan has become the strategic partner for thousands of men. Helping them approach life and business in a more deliberate and intentional manner.

At the heart of strategy, prioritisation and time-management lies a very simple principle:

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ”
― Michael E. Porter

Simple, but hard to execute. It begs the question, “how should I know what not to do?”

The easy answer is that you should not do the things that don’t align with your vision. The more complex answer is that you need to match your strategy to your results and iterate from there.

Strategy then has three components:
1. Planning – On a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
2. Action – Derived from your priorities.
3. Review – On a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” – Sir Winston Churchill

Just remember that planning and review means nothing if you don’t take a hard look at the results you are getting. If an activity becomes impotent then kill it.

Becoming Doomsday

In the Superman comics, Doomsday has to be the most lethal opponent that Superman ever faces. The only one to ever “kill” Superman.

Doomsday is indestructible. Why? Well, it traces back to his origin story.

In short, as a kid he was released into the world, killed by the deadly environment, his remains were used to clone a stronger version. An accelerated form of evolution. This happened over and over until he became invincible.

Now as a full grown bad-ass super-villian his cells go through the same process becoming stronger and stronger with every assault he endures.

Your version of becoming Unstoppable does not involve being mauled by creatures.

Instead, you want to focus on harnessing a stronger body, mind and soul every single day.

Stronger body – getting adequate exercise and nutrition.

Stronger mind – reading, journaling, studying, listening to podcasts.

Stronger soul – spending time with yourself, doing things that make you happy, meditation and religious practices.

Little by little these actions transform your cells. You evolve into a newer, more powerful version of your former-self.

The process is slow, but it’s ever present.


Let’s walk through the day I just described.

You wake up and immediately slot into your morning routine focused on reading, meditation and exercise. (Idea: Becoming Doomsday + Routine)

Afterwards you sit down and plan your day, prioritising the actions that will have a measurable impact on you achieving your goals. (Idea: Becoming more strategic)

You walk into the day with a sense of purpose and meaning. Confident in your abilities and with a focused mind.

You end your day with a review. Realising that there were certain areas that needed to be improved. You acknowledge it and plan the steps needed to rectify it. (Idea: Evolution)

You go to bed satisfied with the day and already ready to attack the next day.

I dare you to try this and not emerge victorious.


Erik Kruger

Erik Kruger

CEO at BetterMan
Founder and CEO of BetterMan. Obsessed with making men unstoppable. Currently completing my Masters in Business and Executive Coaching.
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  1. Great content Erik. Any practical advice regarding the adaptability of your routine to accommodate urgent and important events that where both unforseen and unplanned for? In my dynamic environment I often have difficulty with this.

    • Erik Kruger

      I am not sure that there’s a clear cut answer to this. My recommendation would be to remain rigid in your planning but adaptable in your approach. It’s also why I am an advocate of Anchor Actions. They allow for some routine, that acts like a pre-game ritual, to get in you in a specific frame of mind.

      Our routines often don’t hold up to the scrutiny of reality. That’s ok. Keep experimenting. Building it one action at a time until you feel you have maximum control.

    • Erik Kruger

      I always get a smile when someone says “clear and understandable”. It’s the most important criteria for my writing. Thank you, Lawrence.

  2. Thanks Erik
    Absolutely a fact.
    I love it.and agree that it does work
    We have to be more structured in organising the routine. To the T.
    The more you do it the easier it becomes and everybody around tou buys into it which makes it easier for you to work harder and more organised.
    Have a God blessed day.

    • Erik Kruger

      Yeah, it’s strange that many people think routine somehow restricts you. In my experience it does quite the opposite. Thank you for adding your voice!

    • Erik Kruger

      Extra points for implementing!! That is what it’s all about! I’d love to hear of your experience once you have been going for a while.

  3. Always encouraging and a welcomed reminder, somewhat like a couch.
    In response to Pieter’s question, a routine for unforeseen events:
    One cannot possible plan for everything. We evolve with our environment. What we do have however is a gut feel (instinct), which we tend to ignore. I’ve learnt in my field that if you train yourself to listen to your initial instinct, your gut feel, developed from experience, then this tends to place the right Tetris shape in the best negative space creating a full line, which disappears on completion, giving you a breather until the shapes eventually pile up again, and you have to tackle the situation once more.

    • Erik Kruger

      Gut feel is something that I have not written much about but I agree with what you are saying. At the end of the day we plan what we can and react to the rest. Bob and weave 🙂

  4. Good read, i think 1 thing i can take out that i would like to implement more in my day is podcasts, can you recommend any good ones?

    • Erik Kruger

      Great. I love that you are already thinking of implementation. My favourites include: The GaryVee Show, Hidden Brain, Radiolab, The Tim Ferris Show. Of course, you can also search for the BetterMan podcast.

  5. James Brusatori on

    Incredible, this speaks straight to my soul. Erik, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Simple, understandable, effective. I shall read this daily when I wake up as part of my routine now.

    What gets me, is when others say “you’re doing too much”, “you’ll burn out”, “you’re crazy” – when it comes to exercise, or studying, or working. Even my girlfriend would go at me, and eventually she accepted that I am not going to slow down – that I enjoy pushing beyond so-called boundaries. I believe we are far more capable of achieving anything, more so than even we OURSELVES believe. There is no such thing as a limit – aside from natural physics. Don’t let others slow you down because of their own perceptions of what is too much. Average is not what BetterMan is about. We are here to dominate ourselves first, and then dominate the environment around us. Become Doomsday #Evolve.

    • James,

      I totally agree with you! no-boundaries too tough no mountains too high! All we need to remember is that we do not miss out on life while pushing beyond these boundaries and climbing mountains. We need to push boundaries and climb mountains but also look after ourselves and families. Just a thought I leave you my good sir.

      I myself struggle to maintain this balance. I juggle a full time job along with my business I started in Jan 2016 not to mention forex trading, outdoor activities etc. Only now when I joined BetterMan I am constantly getting better at maintaining this balance. Thanks for the motivational message James, good to know there is some-one out there with the same views and determination!

  6. Excellent Read. Very simple plan to implement and follow.Could be a great idea if you could maybe suggest some excellent Podcasts to fit in with this mornings read. Looking forward to tomorrows wisdom.

    • Erik Kruger

      Hi Dawie, my favourites include: The GaryVee Show, Hidden Brain, Radiolab, The Tim Ferris Show. Of course, you can also search for the BetterMan podcast.

  7. Great article, Erik! I love the concept that we can use the challenges that we face to make us stronger and more resilient instead of allowing them to stop our progress. Much like physical training: you need the resistance in order to make gains.

  8. Bonaparte Bulala on

    I signed up to receive e-mails but never got to read them. It was because i was too lazy to read. But i am glad i finally did. This i am definitely going to try. Routine, it is not the first time i hear or read about that. But the way this article has unpacked it makes it even easier to put to practice. Love your work Erik. Thank you so much.

  9. Very simple, straight forward and easy to follow. I’ve always tried to follow a particular routine and always failed in the next few days. This is one looks much better and not too complicated. I’ll give it a shot.


  10. Just remember that planning and review means nothing if you don’t take a hard look at the results you are getting. IF AN ACTIVITY BECOMES IMPOTENT THEN KILL IT!!!!!!

    You have made my day


  11. Tebogo Madubanya on

    I belive this is what I needed!
    Let me put this into practice. I don’t know how long it will take, but I’m sure confident that if I do my part I will witness the rewards in due time. Thanks man! 🙂

  12. Thank you so much Erik, with your teachings on strategy. I’m more determined to succeed with my business. To tell the truth sometimes it hits me to give up now because it still haven’t reached takeoff and I put a lot of money in it.

    Thank you again,
    Working now on becoming doomsday

  13. Wow this is power…Erik man i admire what you do and how you do it. Keep it up sir…and thank you for making us Bettermen. God bless you

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