The Real Formula For Success In Business and In Life

Updated: October 6, 2023

Do you want to know the formula for success? It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for success in business, in your professional career, or life in general;

There’s really only one formula, and that is to… Never give up, and keep trying.

I know you’ve probably heard of that advice before – but this time, I’d like to prove it to you. I’d like to prove to you that mathematically, success comes easier when you keep trying.


Have you heard of Binomial Probability Formula?

It’s a mathematical equation that computes the probability of several successive decisions, each of which has several possible outcomes.

Here’s the formula:


If you know your statistics, then you probably understand the formula above. If not, then no worries. I’ll just explain it to you as simply as I can.

Here goes…

For example, in starting a business, it’s safe to assume that either one of two things will happen – it will succeed or it will fail. And that means you have a 50% chance of success in starting a business.

But what if you start two businesses? What are the chances that at least one will succeed? Well, with that plan, four things can happen:


Just by looking at the table, you’ll see that you have 3 out of 4 chances or 75% of succeeding in at least one business!

Now, for three businesses, did you know that the chances of having at least one business succeed is 87.5%

Awesome right?!


From experience and observation, I realized that it usually just takes one successful business to set yourself towards a stable financial life.

And if you’re committed, determined, and persistent enough, then chances are high that you’ll eventually find that winning business idea that will fly.

And no matter what the odds are, even if there’s just a 10% chance of success for an endeavor, you’ll see that mathematically – your chances of succeeding at least once will always increase with each try.


Moreover, remember that with each failure, there are lessons you can take on your next try – which further increases your probability of succeeding.

So again, the formula for success is this – never give up and keep trying.

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  1. I definitely agree with your admonition to keep trying. However, sometimes the best course of action is to quit BUT only for the right reasons. “The Dip” by Seth Godin is a great book that talks about what the right reasons are for quitting something (i.e. getting discouraged, feeling lazy, etc. are NEVER good reasons to quit something but given that one only has a limited amount of time/money and therefore has to choose what to do/not do then it is often a great choice to quit something after careful analysis and if quitting for the right reasons).

  2. hi…nice posting

    i also agree to your point on never giving up and also with your propose calculation regarding making mistakes in business or in personal discussion means to increase the number of exposure.

    having been in business always has been a great and humbling experience,though i would’nt claim my self to be successful yet, being persistent has always been a key to me.

    competition, market slow down, financial support and quality of the product to name a few are the problems in making, starting and even sustaining a business. if giving up easily is one of your character then i guess you are not incline in a business setting.

    with the number of struggles that you have tackle, this also increases the chances of success either o business or on personal. since education in life and business are only learned in real situations.

    keep on posting…thanks


  3. Greetings

    Interesting, but the short formula as presented would be OK for rolling dice or flipping a coin. In matters of success in life or business. Formula for SUCCESS is far more complex and would have to account for series of variables at play.

    To illustrate my point lightly, the computer game “SPIDER” a simply card set at medium level heart and spade to win should be fairly easy, however the numerous variables reduces the chance of winning.

    The same elements occurs in real life, therefore the formula result throughout would be little more than 0.5% of success. Unless the variables are realigned “stack in ones favor”.

    Have a pleasant day

  4. Hi Tony, thanks for pointing that out. What you said is true. There are indeed numerous variables in play when it comes to life and business, making the formula above too simplistic.

    However, despite the gap, I believe what’s important is that the probability for success still comes up higher with more tries.

    And in the end, what really matters is that you don’t get discouraged and keep on trying until you succeed.

    Cheers! :D

  5. Oh Fitz

    This was truly awesome!

    Amazing! I am staying up at night here – just to read your thoughts, because honestly, there is no way i could have interpreted those numbers and that equation!

    Napaka matalino ka (I hope my tagalog is right, i have just started learning)!


    thanks for sharing your wisdom


  6. I think having two possible outcome in business doesn’t mean you have 50-50 chance of success.

    I do believe that when you continuosly try over and over again you gain the necessary experience and knowledge which increases your chance of success.

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