"Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay."
— Simone de Beauvoir
You truly are an amazing miracle.
“Uh, sure — have you talked to my <insert relevant derogatory relationship (father/mother/brother/sister/significant other) here>?”
Yes, I know, but all kidding aside, have you thought about the incredibly inconceivable odds against you even existing?
Let’s use statistics from author Ali Binazir, starting with the odds of your father meeting your mother. Over the first 25 years of your father’s life, he probably met about 10,000 women. So, the odds that your mom was in that group and met your dad is around 1 in 20,000.
But we know relationships are a tricky thing. What are the odds they would stay together long enough to have kids? Well, start with a one in 10 chance that they talked to each other after meeting. Then one in 10 that they go on a second date. Another one in 10 that they keep dating for a while. Add a one in two chance that they stay together long enough to think of kids, for a total of around one in 2,000. So far, the combined odds are about one in 40 million (20,000 times 2,000 equals 40 million). Incredible. That number alone is more than the population of Canada or California alone.
But now things get really interesting, when you factor in eggs and sperm. Your mother started with 100,000 eggs waiting to be fertilized. Your father produced about 4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion) sperm during the years you could have been born. The odds that the one unique egg combined with the one unique sperm that produced you? Around one in 400,000,000,000,000,000 (four hundred quadrillion) — about the volume of the Atlantic Ocean in cubic meters.
Amazing. And that’s just the start. Next, let’s factor in your ancestors’ lineage. The odds that every one of your ancestors lived to reproductive age, going all the way back to the first homo sapiens, homo erectus, homo habilis, all the way back through an unbroken lineage of life 4 billion years ago to the first single-cell organisms: 1 in 10 to the exponent 45,000 (that’s a 10 with 45,000 zeros after it) or written as 1 in 10e45,000.
That’s a huge number. But we’re not done. Consider that the right sperm had to combine with the right egg for every single ancestor down the chain. Which amounts to 1 quadrillion multiplied by 1 quadrillion for each generation. The odds of the right sperm meeting the right egg 150,000 times? About 1 in 10e2,640,000.
Adding that all up, that equates to:
10e2,640,000 x 10e45,000 x 2,000 x 20,000 ≈
1 in 10e2,685,000
That’s a ten with two million, six hundred and eighty-five thousand zeros after it! To give you something to relate it to, the number of atoms in your body is about 10e27, the number of atoms that make up the earth is 10e50, and the number of atoms in the known universe is around 10e80. It’s the probability of 2 million people playing dice with a trillion-sided die and all rolling the exact same number.
Incredible, right? An inconceivable number. But we haven’t even factored in the odds of our beautiful Earth existing in this incredible universe. The Earth needs to exist and be able to support life for you to be born. Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson, from Uppsala University in Sweden, arrived at this staggering figure: 1 in 7e20 (700 quintillion).
And so, the final odds of you existing are:
10e2,685,000 x 7e20 ≈
1 in 70e2,685,020
That’s seventy with two million, six hundred eighty-five thousand and twenty zeros after it!
You see? I stand by my original statement. You are truly an amazing miracle. A unique conscious being made up of the energy of countless atoms. Nothing in this universe like you has ever existed before, nor will ever exist again.
As we covered earlier, the universe is made up of an energy field of an estimated 10e80 atoms. Every particle in this universe has a built-in intelligence. Every particle has a purpose, a role to play that fits in perfectly with the overall workings of the universe. Some believe, as do I, that the overall energy field, the total of all energy in the universe, is the Creator. You are part of the overall energy field of the universe. Your body makes an energy field of about 10e27 atoms. The universe is in a constant state of motion and creation. Planets, stars and galaxies are in constant motion and are being created as we speak. You are part of that energy field, and as such are also in a state of constant creation.
Why are you here? You are here to create. You create the world around you, based on your thoughts, beliefs and actions. You are constantly creating the world around you, whether you’re aware of it or not. The question is: Do you want the world around you to be determined based on the random thoughts of your subconscious and the thoughts and actions of those around you? Or do you make the choice to consciously decide what you think, believe and act on, to create the life of your choosing? The life of your dreams?
You are a creator. You have unlimited potential. The atoms that make up your body have the stored potential energy of 30 large hydrogen bombs! There is nothing you cannot accomplish when you focus your thoughts, beliefs and actions.
You have the same power to create as Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jane Austen, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart and any other person in history that has excelled in a given area. You simply need to understand the process of how to create and how the laws of our amazing universe factor into it.
At this point, your ego is most likely doing its job (the role of your ego is covered in Chapter 2), and you may be thinking, “Those are some of the most successful and talented people in history — I can never be as successful as them.” But as you’ll learn, you are as successful as you believe. If you believe you can’t be successful, then guess what? That’s your reality. You simply need to follow the same patterns and processes that every successful person has followed — whether they did so consciously or unconsciously — to create the life you choose.
Read this book through to its entirety. Read every chapter in order and really think about the concepts mentioned, and do the exercises as they come up. Don’t just contemplate them — do them. Success comes from action, not just thinking and understanding.
Most important, believe in yourself. Nothing happens by chance in the universe, including you reading this book. You’re reading this because you had a desire to learn how to achieve — and the universe provides.
You are a unique creation that defied all odds to come into being. You are more powerful than you can imagine and have unlimited potential. You can create any life that you desire. Now, let’s begin getting you the information needed to unleash your potential ...