The Last Monkey Jumping

by Stephen Mills on April 28, 2009

Jumping Monkey

Imagine 1,024 monkeys in a contest.  The contest is being held to determine which monkey has the best method for achieving heads on coin flips.  The winner of the contest gets a lifetime supply of bananas and his or her pick of the eligible monkeys of the opposite (I guess it could be the same) sex.  It’s absolute pandemonium with 1,024 monkeys jumping around hooting and hollering.

Note: for the purposes of this article we will assume that reality meets mathematical probability 100% of the time.

Round 1: 512 monkeys jumping up and down because their coin came up heads.  Round 2: 256 monkeys jumping.  Round 3: 128 monkeys jumping.  Round 4: 64 monkeys jumping.  Round 5: 32 monkeys jumping.  Round 6: 16 monkeys jumping.  Round 7: 8 monkeys jumping.  Round 8: 4 monkeys jumping.  Round 9: 2 monkeys jumping.  Round 10:  Ding! Ding! Ding!  One insanely happy monkey named Darren Bukket is jumping around.  1,023 other monkeys are gone and nobody even knows their names.

Darren Bukket has lasting fame and fortune in the monkey world.  All monkeys want to be like Darren Bukket.  Darren writes books and all the talking monkey heads interview him.  Monkeys the world over learn the secret to coin flipping.  Before every flip, you spit on the tails side of the coin.  Then you put it on the floor heads up and jump up and down on the coin exactly 17 times while holding your monkey breath.  Finally, you lay flat on your back on a mattress of monkey magnets, with the coin heads down on your forehead and visualize it always coming up heads.  It is now ready for flipping.

This doesn’t seem to work for some monkeys and there is a lot of controversy.  Darren Bukket explains how the cause is that these monkeys are failing to follow the correct monkey flipping technique he teaches.

Has your favorite guru found the secret key to the golden kingdom, or is he just the lucky last monkey jumping?

I thought about writing endless words analyzing all of this, but for once I decided to just be brief.  Let me know if you like it.

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Chris Anthony | Lost in Translation April 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Priceless. :)

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Roger | A Content Life April 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Your blog is AWESOME! I can see that you and I see alike in many ways.

This same situation happens in mutual fund ratings. Some manager gets lucky for a few years and then everybody wants to interview him to find out his “secret”. A year later his fund tanks and the fund closes.

Luck Not = Skill

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills April 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Now that’s funny. Was Darren the star of the movie “The Monkey Secret”?

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Lisis | Quest For Balance April 29, 2009 at 6:31 am

That’s awesome, Stephen! I will forever keep this image of the last monkey jumping when I hear of someone who “has all the answers”.

I love it!!!

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Jay Schryer April 29, 2009 at 6:47 am

How absolutely, wonderfully, amazingly, perfect! I love it!

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Tim Brownson April 29, 2009 at 7:06 am

Some of you may laugh and mock, but that’s simply because you don’t understand it.

It’s pointless trying to explain how this law of the universe works because if you doubt it then it wont come true for you.

Everybody knows that’s how laws work in physics. I once forgot about gravity and next thing I knew I’d banged my head on the ceiling.

Heretics.

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Christiaanh April 29, 2009 at 7:17 am

This one really cracked my up. So terribly true about success guru’s out there that’s it’s almost not even funny anymore.

Does anyone ever have the answers? Does anyone ever “know”? If he knows.. why keep searching right?… Strange world out there, come to think of it, strange world in here as well *Points at own head*

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Jeff@MySuperChargedLife April 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

Did I recently see Darren on Oprah?

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Tracy April 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

Darren doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s the Thetans! They’ll get you every time!

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Mel Menzies April 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

Love it! It’s a great way to get a truism across.

I recently did a 3 part story – allegory – about Sir Michael Parkinson’s views on the Jade Goody effect titled What Drives You?

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Dennis Dalton April 29, 2009 at 11:59 am

Ha. Rotten monkeys! One pulled my hair at the zoo when I was a kid. I have not trusted monkey’s since then! They’re creepy little buggers, they should be watched closely!

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Dragos Roua April 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Don’t know this guy (I’m leaving on a parallel planet called Romania nowadays) but now I can pretty much imagine him from what you wrote.

I really think you should come here in Romania to see more like this. They may have training centers here and then send them to your country. Or if they not, they should.

The circus of trust and revelation never ends, there will always be clowns rolling the balls of a final and unique knowledge in front of adult kids searching for a final bedtime story.

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Stephen Mills April 30, 2009 at 6:40 am

Thank you everyone for reading my blog and your funny and insightful comments! Seth Godin must be reading my blog. He is copying my posts! LOL!

A million blind squirrels

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rob April 30, 2009 at 7:09 am

Nice post – Just read “Black Swan” where he explores more ideas like this, worth the read.

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Do You Dave Ramsey? May 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

Nicely done! I like the premise and imagery here. We should stop trying to replicate someone elses succes – which may be little more than their good luck. Rather, blaze our own trails!

Great stuff… thanks for sharing and motivating our actions!
Dave

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