Gamblers' Gut - Article

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GAMBLERS' GUT
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A lot of us have plans to do some really great things in life, but only a few of us follow through with our plans. At the beginning of every year, many people make new year resolution, but only a few people continue to do what they affirmed to do in their resolutions as the year proceeds. Also, a lot of goals are set, but again, only a few get to the point of realization. Where then lies the problem? Why can't we all plan and at the same time work out our plans? Why can't we all set goals, go after them, and have them crushed? How did some get the drive to go after what their heart tells them without the fear of prejudice, public opinion, or failure? What simply is the difference that makes the difference between a goal-setter and a goal-crusher?

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It is true that we all have dreams, ambitions, and goals that are bubbling in our hearts. In fact, a lot of us have them written down somewhere. Better still, most of us have them embedded at the table of our hearts, and our subconscious mind keeps remembering us of them all day long. You see, to dream; to set goals; or to plan; is a very easy thing to do. It is not work at all! The real work comes after dreaming, setting goals, or planning; for this is where many people often opt-out, and understanding how crucial this stage is, is the difference that always makes the difference.

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Success and winning doesn't come easily. It takes a great deal of will-power and determination to win. The people who make it in life; the goal-crushers, are those who were able to not just set goals, but those who went ahead to take the required actions to bring those goals to reality. They dreamt; they planned; but having realized that those ones are not enough, they sat down to 'count the cost of achievement,' with the understanding that risk is involved, the 'risk of failure,' but having determined that what they want to achieve, the prize, is worth what they were asked to pay, the price, they were brave enough to go further, and they paid the price to the last penny.


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You know something, the courage to persist in the face of risks, the bravery to go forward and build the life you desire in the threat of a 'fearful loss,' and the willingness to pay the required price, is what differentiates a successful individual from a failure. When you count the cost of a prize, and you found out its worth the price, can you still go on to pay it? Can you stake all you have for what you believe to be true? Even at the risk of a catastrophic failure, can you go for it?

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Gamblers take risky actions with the 'hope' of a desired result. A chronic gambler can stake a bet with a large amount of money without been capped by fear; he can stake a bet with all of his/her material belongings and still not panic. Over the course of history, some have gambled with their life, not without the fear of death, but with the ability to let go of fear or any such feelings and focus on business. Courage has been said not to be the absence of fear, but the ability to manage fear, and in one word, great gamblers are highly courageous personalities.

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There is much to be learned from the life of a gambler, for not everyone has the essentiality of a gambler, because there is one essential feature that makes gamblers stand out, and that is their guts. Gamblers have gut! Their guts is what make them take risky-actions without the fear of losing all, and oftentimes their courageous efforts do pay out, big time.

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Nobody makes it life without having to manage a level of risk, and risk is everywhere! Walking from your house to the junction is risky. Even sleeping is riskier. Whether you are in your bedroom or in your office, you just have to take some level of risk. You've got to have a gambler's gut in the race for success. Every entrepreneur is a 'risk-preneur'. Every salesperson is a risk-taker. As humans, our rate of advancement is at the mercy of the amount of risk we are willing to take. Little risk brings little growth. While quantum risk brings about quantum growth.

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No risk would have mean no exploration, and if there is no exploration, there would be no advancement. All those who succeeds in any undertaken are those who have the guts to go after their goals even though they are dripping with risks that have the potential for a crash and burn. Let me ask you, can you quit your day job to get a side hustle for a passion you are not sure would pay off? When you set goals, and its not cashing out yet, can you still be courageous enough to persist and persist anyway until the goal is realized?

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Have seen people who quit a high paying job for a passion they don't even know how to start with. Have seen people turn down gargantuan offers that could make them millions to go after what they love doing, and in which they believed their happiness resides. Have seen people who let go of friends, relatives, and people who are very important to them because they refuse to believe in what they believed in. These are people with the gut of a gambler, the heart of a lion, and the courage of a hippopotamus, and frankly speaking, only people like this achieve whatever it is they dreamed.

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After dreaming, setting goals, or planning, the next thing to do is to take action. But it takes great gut, massive will-power, and enormous determination to provoke positive changes. What we are doing during the dreaming, goal setting, or planning stage, is that we are counting the cost. The cost is being paid from the time we decide to stretch our necks out of our protective shells, to take actions that will bring those dreams from the ethereal world of the mind to the physical plane.

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I know you have plans, and you have great goals. I know you have them written down, and that is good. But I tell you, if you lack the gut to stand up and chase those goals of yours, they will forever be buried in your head. You must understand that you are your first motivator; you are your first supporter; and without you moving first, it will be hard to get others to support you. If you are not brave enough, no one will back you up. Build yourself up today to have a gut like the one possessed by a gambler, you may not know when it might come in handy. Next year, next week, tomorrow, or even now!

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~ Alabi O. Stephen
   (mathemagician)

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