Survivorship Bias

Survivorship bias is important to keep in mind. Survivorship bias is is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways. It is a form of selection bias. It would be great if we could hear more stories from those who almost “made it” or didn’t make it at all but the truth is that doesn’t get the attention that a good success story gets. At the end of the day, I think the only commonality across all “success” is hard work. Putting in the work every day, every week and so forth is the only thing one can truly control.

Here is a comic from xkcd which captures the essence of this well:

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