Why in life you need to put some skin in the game

Learn the skills of being a success - you've got to be in it, to win it

Royston Guest
Are you passionate about your own success? If you really want to make an impact, you need to put some skin in the game.
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Why in life you need to put some skin in the game

You can’t achieve success in life if you’re on autopilot. Too many people live in 'the safe harbour of the known’. They repeatedly do the same things, following the same routine and thought process, thinking that they can keep replicating it with the same results in the future. Some things will work, but many will not. 

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Real joy comes when you put ‘skin in the game’ and take some chances. 

The most important thing is to put yourself in the arena of life, on the playing field, taking action and shaping your future. You can’t win without leaving your safety zone and taking some calculated risks. No risk = no reward. The reality is that the more risks you take in pursuit of your goals, the greater your risk of failure, but also the greater your chances of notable success. 

The real risk in life lies in living risk-free. Mark Twain made the point perfectly when he said: ‘Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour, and catch the trade winds in your sails.’ 

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That says it all. So go ahead, stretch today, step out of your comfort zone and remember that you can’t win a game if you aren’t even truly playing. How serious are you about living the life you were meant to lead? Are you truly committed?

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And finally, this speech made by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 still holds as much relevance over 100 years later.
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take action; achieve more
  • Risk is the currency of the gods, but you'll never know the rewards that are waiting for you if you don't make the leap
  • Collect your thoughts and make a plan of what you want to achieve. Write down the steps so you can monitor the progress
  • Make a start even if you are not 100% ready, and remember that even if you fail, you will have some experience with the next steps you take to succeed. Learn with every mistake, and you will grow with every lesson
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