Choice vs. Chance

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We make choices every day, and every choice we make has a significant effect on the outcome of our lives. A series of good choices logically means good outcomes, and a series of poorly made choices means poor outcomes. Every action you take is as a result of every choice you make; a choice is usually a tradeoff between two or more things. For example, you may be studying your school book at the moment, but you could have chosen to watch TV or pay a visit to your friends. Perhaps, you are seeing a movie at the cinema, at the moment, but you could have decided to keep the money and use it for something else. Therefore, every choice you make has the power to shape the outcome of your life.   

Chance, on the other hand, is an unpredictable or unknown phenomenon that tends to affect the outcome of our lives. We can control the choices we make (by making better choices), but we cannot control chance. We cannot stop a natural disaster from happening, or a drunken driver from hitting the rear of our cars. These things happen because they are simply beyond our power to control; and they sure have an influence on the outcome of our lives. A chance can be an opportunity or a threat. If you fortunately come across a wealthy, kind person, who is willing to sponsor your education, you sure know that you have met with good chance. But if you get into trouble because you stumbled on something you should not have seen, well, that’s bad chance. 

It is wise to believe that chance and choice are the two influences of human destiny, and it is difficult to state with certainty that which is more influential. However, statistics have shown that most of the people who have made great choices have often reaped great benefits, and those who have made terrible choices have often reaped terrible rewards. And since chance is some phenomenon beyond the power and control of man, then choices are ours to make; and the wiser the choices we make, the better shall it be for us. It is therefore sagacious for a man to accept that he is the architect of his life.  

Making quality choices is paramount if we want to experience the best out of life and attain great feats. Usually, a quality choice would be the best choice out of numerous alternatives. A man who makes a quality choice must have considered all the alternatives he has, carried out an analysis by comparing their costs and benefits, and then selected the alternative that is utilitarian or most suitable at the moment. For example, if you have a thousand dollars, you have numerous alternatives for what you can use that money to do. If you think that the best choice would be to start a blog and make more money, or give to charity to show your humanity, it is up to you. By logic, the best choice is that choice that preserves and enriches the future, while not overly straining the present. 

The choices we make determine most of the outcomes of our lives, because quality decision-making skills can make one turn a bad circumstance (chance) into something great through the power of choice. There are a lot of people who were born into poor homes, some of who have found a way to make themselves wealthy; they did not let poverty keep them in poverty. Regardless of the adversities of bad chances, quality choices can do a lot to improve the circumstances around your life. 

Being book-smart is splendid and commendable, but it does not guarantee that you will reach the greatest feat in life; it’s the choices you make that count. You may be book-smart, but if you do not look for opportunities and cannot identify opportunities, it can be difficult to achieve some level of success. Intellect is not enough to take one to great altitude. A solid and complete set of attitudes (or character) is required. The fastest do not always win the race, and the most brilliant students do not always get the most satisfying jobs. Many nerds often end up working for shrewd business men. Intellect is just one element of the few elements that determine the quality character of a person. There are many poorly paid intellectuals in the street. 

To reach great heights, you need intellect, no doubt. But you also need more than intellect. You need prudence. Prudence is the mental attitude of a man of solid character. A solid character is composed of intellectuality, bravado, resourcefulness, humility, perseverance, and positioning. By intellectuality, you must show required competence and perform as expected. By bravado, you must not let unnecessary pride and fear hinder you from achieving that which is important; there will be ridicules and humiliations, but you must act courageously nonetheless. By humility, make others feel comfortably superior if it is through them that you may accomplish your goal. By perseverance, strive for enhancement in whatever you do. And by positioning, be in the right place at the right time, and look for opportunities; do not wait for opportunities to come looking for you. 

Relying on fate or faith without taking actions will often prove futile; only people who are not willing to take charge of their lives do so. The wise believes in the laws of motion, one of which states that a body will not move unless you make it move. Your troubles will not go away unless you make them go away. Your poor grades will not improve unless you do something about them. You will not get something unless you act. Where you will be tomorrow, and the prospective circumstances of your life in the future are determined by the choices you make in the present. Maybe there is such thing as destiny, I don’t know, but I prefer to believe that there is only such thing as fortified character. If you maintain a fortified character, you will undoubtedly have a remarkable future. This goes to show that people who have remarkable lives are people who have remarkable character. Character, of course, is the summation of all the attitudes that a person possesses.