March Madness Life Lessons

Mike Coval
March 26, 2021

March Madness is here!

It was one helluva first weekend of the tournament and I hope that you're enjoying it as much as I am (personally, I'm even more excited for high school playoffs which started this week).

This time of year though is a great reminder of how much we have to learn about ourselves and how overconfident we can be and on the other side of it how much we sell ourselves short at times.

How does March Madness relate to that?

Filling out your brackets is how.

You've mostly got 3 types of people when it comes to filling out a bracket.

1) The overconfident, "my bracket is going to win it all" person

2) The underconfident, "I don't know anything about basketball. So and so knows way more so they will win anyway."

3) The "what the hell is a bracket?" person. Person #3 won't be discussed further as they aren't relevant to the purpose of the email, but are worth mentioning for the sake of being true to the types of people there are in regard to bracketology. Side note: This person is still A-okay with me 🙂

The main point here is that people are either overselling themselves or underselling themselves in a game of chance. Did you know, that the chances of someone picking a perfect bracket, meaning that they pick the correct winner of all 67 game is 1 in 9.2 QUINTILLION.

Oh, you know something about basketball though? Congrats! If you know something about basketball, then it's 1 in 120 BILLION.

Overconfident and underselling ourselves in a game of chance. With something like this where the stakes are low and the consequences of failing are zero to minimal at worst, it's probably best to just have fun with it and not take it too seriously.

But the point of all this is, if you're either overselling or underselling yourself with filling a silly bracket out, how much are you doing that to yourself in other areas of your life where the meaning and consequences are much greater?

This could be a contributing factor to your success or lack thereof.

Food for thought.

And just in case you're wondering, my bracket sucks like everyone else's and I know a fair amount about basketball 🙂

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