24 July 2015

Seed to Plant - Controllable Versus Uncontrollable Factors

When we plant a seed into soil. There are three possible outcomes - Nothing will come out; Expected plant is grown; and unexpected plant is grown. The reasons behind could be mainly due to two factors: our personal technical mistakes (e.g. our ignorance or careless); and environmental issues (e.g. weather). The former can be classified as controllable; while the latter can be categorized as uncontrollable. In this post, we are going to discuss a way to achieve what we want via differentiating these Controllable and Uncontrollable Factors.

She looks gorgeous

Many of us spend too many our priceless and limited sources (i.e. time) to focus on many uncontrollable (or out of our control) factors or events. For example, many people focus on criticize or discuss other people appearance and behavior. So-and-so wears very attractive shoes today. So-and-so looked gorgeous yesterday. 
On the other hand, many people also, in the same time, are looking for others' opinion and feedback. However, the fact is - different people have different opinions. Statistically speaking, for a normative case, we should get 33.33% positive, 33.33% neutral, and 33.33% negative opinion on average.
So, what will happen next? We (normally) start looking for positive feedbacks around us from time to time. Consequently, after many years,  gradually, we will have our own group who has similar perspective as we (in average).

Controllable and Uncontrollable Factors

However, what we should understand is - everyone is unique, and everyone deserves to have a different opinion based on their previous experiences and intelligence level. We cannot treat all different opinions as outliers.
Just like planting, eventually, if we do not get what we expect, it could be due to our careless in terms of choosing the right seed, the right soil, or the right planting practice. Nonetheless, most likely, if we do not get what we expect, we will blame the seed, the soil, the weather etc. The worst case is - we misclassify controllable factors as uncontrollable. Consequently, this kind of attitude tremendously reduces our chance to be successful.

Attitude Changes Perspective, Perspective Changes the Quality of Life

Everything is possible. When we truly understand this philosophy, we are not going to ignore those opposite things around us. Instead, we will appreciate opposite things and react to those controllable things only.

Lastly, let's go back to planting case. Planting is not a straightforward action. It requires time, skills, knowledge, and patience. We might get nothing for our first planting. Surely, we will get nothing if we do not do it.

Now, let's relate this planting to investment. How many controllable actions we have taken to optimize our investment performance? And how many times we have spent focusing on what we cannot control?
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Written by: Xaivier Chia

P/S: The above sharing is solely based on personal insight and information that believed to be reliable. Your valuable feedback are very welcome.


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