If You Fear Losing, Stay Out Of The Game

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If you listen to the most successful people in the world talk about how they reached their lofty status, you will regularly hear tales of the chances they took in order to become a success. You will also hear them speak of how a loss or two along the way did nothing to deter them from their goal of success, and how they simply dusted themselves off and tried to learn from past mistakes. This may explain why so few people reach the status of these folks, since the vast majority of us do not possess the intestinal fortitude to lay everything on the line in order to achieve the dreams and goals that we have for ourselves.

Most people talk a good game, telling anyone that will listen just what it is they are prepared to do in order to achieve success. When push comes to shove, though, fear always seems to find a way through, making all that big talk nothing more than hot air and nonsense. Most people fail because they simply do not have the courage to take risks and roll the dice, even when they feel that the odds are stacked in their favor. The chances of them actually taking a risk when the odds aren’t so great are even less, even when the rewards that await them are huge.

This photo is copyright (c) 2013 and made available under wikimedia commons licenseIf you want an example of someone that shrugged of the losses and continued going, long after most people would have quitted, then take a look at J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books. She is now worth billions, but when she was putting together that first novel, she was very much on the brink of financial ruin. She would sit in a little coffee shop and write her story, getting a little closer to the end with each and every passing day. Once the first book was complete, she shopped it around to multiple publishing houses, only to have the door slammed in her face. Where Miss Rowling differed from most was that she believed in her story and had the courage of her convictions to drive her forward. Sure enough, one publishing house bought the story, and the rest, as they say, is history.

It is easy to read about that and say that you wouldn’t give up when presented with the same circumstances, but you already have the benefit of knowing that she succeeded. Would you be so quick to follow her path if she was still stuck in the middle of trying to sell her book to the publishing houses? Probably not, and you may even make a joke about how she should find a real job and quit living in her fantasy world of wizards and warlocks. Once again, that is the difference between a person that is destined to succeed and those who are destined to forever talk about doing so. Sure, she may have had moments where she doubted herself, but she had the strength to put those doubts to the back of her mind and carry on.

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Life comes with an incredible amount of ups and downs, which is actually what makes it so exciting for many. It’s why it is often described as a rollercoaster, and while the ride can be a thrill, it can also be terrifying, which is why some folks simply steer clear of those rides at the amusement park. When it comes to life, you are very much in control of that ride. Yes, there will be times when an unexpected drop will occur, but you can enjoy the climb to the top all the more after those dizzying drops hit. If that is something that sounds like fun to you, then pay your ticket and get in line. You are likely the kind of person that will not want to get off the ride when it ends, as you are driven by the thrill of it all. With that type of risk usually comes with great rewards, but you have to be prepared to ride in order to experience it. If that all seems a little too daunting to you, then sit on the sidelines and watch. While you may never experience the crushing lows that are part of the ride, you will also miss out on the highs, which can very much make you forget the bad times that came before.

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Morgan is the founder and editor of REALITYPLEX. After suffering from a life-threatening accident, he realized that the way we perceive things around us is based on our beliefs, emotions and experiences. In an effort to draw the line between perception and reality, he launched REALITYPLEX in 2011. Get to know him better and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and G+