The List King: John Hawkins's 5 Greatest Hits of 2012

2) "There's many a slip twixt the cup and the lip." -- Young Guns

I am a planner's planner. I've written articles on planning your life, I make a living analyzing politics, and I love to plan out long term dreams and goals.

And you know what I've learned by doing all of those things? It doesn't matter how smart you are, how much you know, or how completely you think you have everything figured out; life is extraordinarily unpredictable. Granted, life's not random, but polls can be wrong, huge shifts can occur because of a seemingly minor event, and the unthinkable can become thinkable much quicker than most people believe. In other words, most guarantees aren't really guaranteed and if you think you KNOW what's going to happen, think really hard before you bet the house on it because you may end up being wrong.

Self-help genius?