You move to a new town... - Deepstash

You move to a new town and see many successful restaurants. You think you can do the same. But you don't see the thousands that failed before them. This is survivorship bias.

Survivorship bias makes you underestimate it.

  • For every rock star, there are thousands of people in the “cemetery of failure” who never made it.
  • For every Startup business, there are thousands of failed startups.

Everyone should chase their dreams, but don’t let survivorship bias trick you into thinking the challenge is easier than it seems.


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