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My forecast for your life: Bad stuff. Do you want the details?

I have a brother who has a thankless job.

He’s a severe weather warning meteorologist, covering southern Ontario in Canada.

Whenever there is severe weather, be it expected or unexpected, I can find him in the news. He’ll get interviewed and quoted by journalists (most recently, at time of writing, here).

Tornadoes, lightning strikes, blizzards, hurricanes . . . . . for all of them, he’s the face of Environment Canada’s weather forecasting service.

Get the forecast right, and he doesn’t get thanked, he’s just doing his job. Get it wrong . . . . . and he gets it in the neck.

What peeves me about this most recent blizzard event in New England is not that the forecasters got it wrong. They didn’t. They predicted a blizzard, and there was one. It just wasn’t as severe (in New York City, at least) as their mathematical models and scientific judgement predicted.

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Look out for #2. And #3, and #4, and . . . . .

Interesting post in Business Insider today by one Michael Lewis. He argues that successful people really need to acknowledge that they owe their success to one thing: luck.

I don’t completely agree. I think successful people are owed some credit for grabbing those unforeseen lucky opportunities that come their way, and capitalising on them. Most people don’t, looking this way and that for the hidden camera, asking themselves what’s the catch, and eventually walking away.

He’s bang on, though, in declaring the emperor’s real state of (un)dress: Without those lucky opportunities, successful people would be screwed just like the rest of us. They have been blessed by a Higher Power, and not because of any merit on their part.

He ends by encouraging the lucky to show some gratitude to the unlucky.

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