Consider the exams/competitions/selections or anything similar, where the final success/failure is decided in steps/stages. So, you clear the first stage, then go to the second and so on. Now, the peculiar thing is that every time you clear a stage, your hope (and more than that others’ hope for you) to be able to finally win starts getting stronger. Why should that happen? After all it is not at all difficult to see that competition becomes tougher in each stage. You stand lesser and lesser chance of getting to the next stage with each passing stage. Why still these escalating hopes? Am I missing something? Or is it just another one of the irrationalities of human minds?