TAKING AND GAMBLING
asking yourself – what would you do if you weren’t afraid?"
What would you do if
weren't afraid of any consequences? Pack up the family and move to
some exotic location that you have always fantasised about? Go off
on a world wide multi-year long journey to discover the meaning of
life - or what you decide it may be?
Well what's stopping
you? Ah, the old what do we do for money question. But is that really
what's stopping you or is it the fear of what "might happen"?
The motivation for this
article is twofold. Firstly, earlier in the week, some dude jumped
out of a capsule suspended under a helium balloon ten gazillion miles
off the ground and became the first man to break the sound barrier
without the aid of a vehicle. Last night, a docco on TV was screened
about ten women who had breast cancer and their attitudes towards
the disease and the fight for life they found themselves in and how
their personal values had changed.
All of these people shared
common values. And those values had all changed as they undertook
the task in front of them. Some of the women had gone from being
quite conservative to almost "devil may care" and were personally
a lot better off for it. I cannot imagine the fear one has when you're
told you have cancer. For someone who hasn't been there it really
is impossible to know. Similarly I cannot imagine how that guy felt
when he stepped of the platform at the edge of space and started free
falling towards good old terra firma some 20 plus kilometres below.
The TV coverage gave you some idea of his visual perspective but his
mind control must have been something else.
So how was he able to
do it? Well, obviously a lot of jumps had gone beforehand - this was
not the first time he strapped on a parachute and "gave it a
go"! Suffice to say he was confident enough in the outcome, based
on previous training, to assume he wasn't going to become a 10 cm
tall human drill bit.
Similarly, these ten
women summoned up enough internal courage to face the task at hand
and gave it their best shot. By the end of the programme 9 made it
- one didn't. But their attitudes were amazing. Suddenly it didn't
matter if their boss was obnoxious or they hated their jobs or were
worried about the man from the finance company was going to be knocking
at their door........it was IRRELEVANT. They had stepped off the precipice
and guess what? Nothing bad happened!
Here at home, we often
speak about stepping off the precipice. At the end of the day, I could
not have been happy without doing it. I had already had two or three
"careers" which were mostly high profile but it was all
giving me the "Vita Brits" so one day, backed with a degree
of confidence that "I did know what I knew but that was all I
knew", the leap was made from the precipice of a comfortable,
stable, guaranteed income producing lifestyle and we stepped in to
the world of the totally unpredictable state of living "outside
the system". Had it not been done, I would have gone mad with
frustration and probably eventually to my grave wondering what might
have been. Like the guy jumping from the edge of space, the confidence
of past experience to draw on was enough to make me believe nothing
bad could really happen and so it has proven to be.
But before everyone starts
precipice jumping, a word of caution. Be very sure that your past
experience and study of whatever you want to do will supply you with
an emergency chute should you need it - and if there is a significant
other involved in your life, make sure they're happy to take the ride
and share the risk too because they're going in a tandem jump as well
if you leap off the cliff.
Over the years, when
times get economically tough, I hear different politicians, trying
to bolster public confidence, utter the phrase "we have nothing
to fear but fear itself".
As far as I can find
out that phrase came from Franklin D Roosevelt when he was inaugurated
as president of the USA. What he actually said was: "So, first
of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to
fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror
which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
So what has all this
got to do with gambling? If you have done no
research in to this area and decide to launch off in to playing
for profit, you are JUSTIFIABLY correct to be in fear of the consequences.
Just as whatshisname prepared for his leap from the edge of space,
you simply have to understand the odds of success and failure attached
to a high risk venture like gambling.
You can't live in fear
of loss and must believe your "gambling education"
has done nothing but prepare you for success or you will be gambling
with scared money and, another saying, scared money never wins. Ever!
You must not have what is referred to as "anticipatory angst"
- and this has nothing to do with that good horse Angst that raced
some years ago. (Showing our age now aren't we?)
Anticipatory angst is a state of anxiety and despair brought on by
the belief that you have all the information you need to predict the
very future you dread.
Read that sentence above a few times have we? Hmmm. Imagine if
all the women on the breast cancer docco had that anticipatory angst
as well as the cancer. Their personal outcomes, according to most
research, would have been a lot different. Think about all
the times you have worried about what "might happen". And
when reality caught up with the fear, what happened? Most times, of
course, absolutely nothing.
If you are truly in control
of your gambling approach, have worked for years to perfect the staking
plan that works for you and doesn't spin you out
with stress, and you have years of research as a back up to your punting
ideas that returns a strike rate sufficient to back up that staking
plan, hey, go for it. If you can't tell yourself honestly that you
are in that situation, keep reading, studying, experimenting until
you can. And it must be honestly. Only a fool lies to themselves -
and soon gets found out.
If you weren't afraid,
how much different and more successful would your betting be?
The precipice will always
be calling your name - just make sure you have the confidence of real
knowledge before you walk up to the edge.
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