Friday, March 20, 2015

It's March, and there's Madness

This is probably one of my favorite times of year- The NCAA tournament!  I am not a basketball guru or anything but I love that co-workers, friends, and family can all come together, and unlike most sporting events, everyone can participate.  Everyone is invested. 

So just like every year there are upsets.  For me it Baylor is always a team that destroys my bracket.  I cannot believe it.  Watching the end of the game, the other team made a crazy end of the game miracle deep three.  A shot that easily could have missed; it could be said games are won by centimeters. 

So in my apartment we made a group.  And we made a bracket for our good friend Phil (Phil by the way is a plant in our apartment that we named - yes we are crazy) Well Phil’s bracket got absolutely destroyed in one of the very first games of the tournament.  The team he had winning the entire tournament was upset and lost by one point = why the tournament is known as March madness.

Something I have learned from this is just how useless we are at predicting the future, (granted Phil is only a couple years old so we will cut him some slack).  Even the experts have no clue what is going to happen.  The same is true for my major, finance.  In finance we are constantly trying to forecast the future.  But the truth is it can’t be done.  If it could everyone would be filthy rich.

We can make good guesses but our good guesses are often wrong.  This applies to personal life as well.  It is important to never be over confident that you know what reality is.  I am 21, so I know a lot, right? Well there are 6 billion people, with an average age of 30 that is 180,000,000,000 billion years lived compared to my 21.  This puts things into perspective a little bit. 

I am going live my life making the best choices that I can given the knowledge that I have, but I am going to make a point to not become overconfident in my abilities or in my opinion.  I will always keep trying to figure out what the “madness” of this life is all about, but will expect to get things wrong once in a while. But the good news is that just because I am wrong doesn’t mean I am not learning. 


  1. "Just because I am wrong doesn't mean I a not learning." Awesome insight! Man, isn't it fun to be wrong sometimes? And realize how much better you could do the next time? I think those are the times when my learning curve has been the greatest. Wouldn't life be kind of boring if we could predict the future? All the excitement and uncertainty about life would be gone...

  2. I can't remember where I heard it, but somebody said the greatest asset we have as young adults is time. We can afford to make mistakes and learn from them. I think one of my professors said it actually costs too much not to make mistakes haha. I also made a mistake because I thought BYU would go further in the tournament, but it is okay haha.. there is always next year. Great Post!