The Rule of Three and Looking for Patterns

My mom has this thing where she says that everything happens in threes. I tell her every time that it’s not really true, but I don’t think she believes me.

The rule of three is based on faulty logic. If you wait long enough, there will always be a third event. Then, you simply start over until you have three more. To me, the rule of three would only be a real thing is there were parameters like time limits, specific geography, or some other type of measurement.

Here’s an example..

Event 1- Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur.

Event 2- Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on its way to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

And event 3…hasn’t happened yet. If there were a pattern to this at all, another catastrophe could happen to a Malaysian Airlines flight on November 26 if 4 months and 9 days is the elapsed time between events. That’s an extremely heavy flying day anyway, as it’s the day before Thanksgiving for us in America.

Instead of that threes thing, what if there were a way to analyze and predict events? That’s part of what I do for a living. I help clients look forward and create the future instead of waiting for it to happen. I help prevent that third event rather than just waiting for it.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at Thanks for reading!

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