Rix Quinn – What is the bell-shaped curve?

Published 9:00 am Sunday, November 13, 2022

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My friend’s house has been on the market so long, he decided to put “mood lighting” on the For Sale sign. — Quinn Quacks

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Rix Quinn – What is the bell-shaped curve?

     There’s increasing emphasis for both private and public sectors to focus on “above average” people in certain skills. This clearly eliminates 50% of the population, who fall on the left side of the “bell-shaped curve.”

     And what is this “curve?” It’s a scientific graph that resembles a mountain range. The top of this mountain represents the largest percentage of our population.

     Let’s say, for example, we want to graph “athletic proficiency,” although why we’d want to graph anything is beyond me. (This also explains where I rank on the graph.)

     The left slope of the graph represents those who fall “below average.” The descending slope means “the further the drop below average, the fewer people in that category.”

     The right side of the descending curve represents “above average.” This means the lower you fall on the right slope, the better athlete you are. And the better you are, the fewer people will share your skill level.

     Here’s the point: My goal is to rank “average” in every skill category.

     Remember, the closer someone falls to average, the more opportunities. One can buy average-sized clothes, or expect to live about 77.28 years. That is great news, unless that person is already 78.

     But if you get too far above average, people might expect great things. You’ll expend so much effort reaching your potential you won’t have time for fun stuff, like painting your moustache red for the holidays

     I guess it’s good to shine at some skill…but a dim bulb like me lasts longer, and doesn’t waste near as much energy.

     Rix’s new Amazon Kindle e-book is now available for 99 cents. It’s a Thanksgiving-related humor title called Turkey’s Viewpoint. I hope you’ll buy it and read it…and then leave a review.