2016 Success- Sales Success or Powerball?

Posted by Jack Derby, Head Coach on Sat, Jan 23, 2016

So, did you play The Recent PowerBall?  

     Come on now, of course you did...and so did I, and why not?

  • It's fun
  • It's full of personal stories
  • It's about statistics 
  • and, of course, just for an instant, it lets us dream..."what if?"

Not much else occurs today where $2.00 or maybe $10.00 can spike your excitement.  Less than the cost of almost anything at Dunkin, plus it creates that wonderful emotional tug of "just maybe", along with the dream of waking up, grabbing the tickets placed carefully on the refrigerator and asking Google "Who won last night?"

"just maybe"...but in reality, not so much.  

To put some of the numbers into reality, Wired last week quoted a few of the following stats:

powerball-2.jpg"The reality of course is that your odds of winning last week’s record Powerball jackpot with any combination of numbers, are pretty bad.

How bad? Like one in more than 292 million bad. Or put another way, barely better odds than having your name randomly pulled from a hat filled with the names of everyone in the US. But you’re an optimist, right? I say that and you figure I’m telling you "hey, there's a chance here", and behind every game of chance is some fascinating math.

The one-in-292-million odds come from all the different combinations you can win by picking the right five white balls—in any order—out of a drum of 69. “Multiplied by 26, because for every five-ball combination you’ve got 26 different associated Powerballs,” says University of Buffalo statistician Jeffrey Miecznikowski. And for the jackpot, those odds never change. Your odds of winning last week's $1.6 billion jackpot were exactly the same as they were of winning in November, when the pot was a mere $40 million."

Enjoy your weekend, hopefully free from the storm, and just maybe, begin your "Personal-Sales-Tune-Up-Journey" this afternoon by reading through a sales article or blog or two.  This begins your own journey to 'Change the World'...at least your own personal world, one step at a time.

Patriots-2.jpg...and, of course, cheer on the Pats! 
Best of success, health and happiness in this coming year !  

  Jack Derby 

Head Coach  

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