Last night, I was at the casino tables, playing blackjack and roulette. I started out with $1,000 and bet small. I won a few, lost a few. After half an hour I had pretty much the same stack of chips with which I started. In other words, I spent thirty minutes getting nowhere.
I kept hearing a voice (yes, this happens a lot) nudging me to try my luck. “Go on, take a chance. You’ll never get anywhere by betting small.” I ignored it for a while, until it started to yell, “I’M BORED. BET BIG. TAKE THE RISK.”
Next hand, I plunked down $500, got a 7 and a 4 (fab hand), doubled down with another $500 and scored a 21. I did this a few times and pretty soon I was up $3,000. Other players stared with envy at my growing stack of chips, and continued to bet small. They got nowhere, while I continued to bet big and kept winning. The bigger the gamble the greater the risk. The bigger the risk the greater the payoff. So, I went for broke, put it all on the next bet and lost it all.
Had this been at a real casino table instead of a mock table at a Christmas party, I would have quit with my $3k win. I’m not flush enough to blow a paycheck in one hour on a game. I had a great time when I was winning and what I took away was this: the more you put in, the more you get out…of almost any situation in life. Take a risk. Gamble. Try your luck. You never know when or what you might win. Believe in yourself. Nothing is impossible. Don’t ignore the voices telling you to push yourself harder.
And, if you’re at a real casino table, know when to stop 🙂