Don’t Be Steve Sax

I’m sure he’s a nice guy.  He’s better at baseball than I’ll ever be at anything.

In 1983, Steve Sax had 56 stolen bases. Not Bad.

The same year he had 30 errors. Bad.

Fans seated behind first base wore batting helmets to “protect” themselves from errant throws. He inspired a riddle that bounced around the LA sports scene in the early 80’s.

What do Steve Sax and Michael Jackson have in common?

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They both wear gloves on their left hand for no apparent reason.

How does this apply to Actuarial exams?

In the Pareto Distribution that represents human athletic prowess, the ability to steal 56 bases exists several standard deviations beyond the ability to throw the ball to first base. One is easier than the other. His failure to perform the easier task made his rare skill less valuable.

When you take an exam, get the easy stuff right. Show up to the examination on time. Make sure you mark the answer you calculate. Double check your calculator strokes and settings. Read the question. Answer what is asked.

Don’t waste the hundreds of hours you’ve spent developing rare actuarial skills while preparing for the exam. Don’t be Steve Sax.


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