You were dealt a hand. No matter how your cards landed in your hand, you get to choose how you respond. Don’t quit. Don’t settle in to failure. Don’t settle into success. Don’t find cruise control.
Dream a little. Play the cards.
Envying someone else’s hand doesn’t do anything except slow down the game. Wishing you had different cards doesn’t change what you’re holding. Cheating disqualifies you. Lying only pays off sometimes; then the lie destroys your credibility.
Think carefully. Use the platinum rule (treat others the way they want to be treated). Not sure what to do? Ask a friend you trust. Then play the freaking card and just see what happens.
Sometimes, what happens next is fun… Other times, you get to sit back and learn. That card was a dud, but the next one may look like a real winner. I love it when my card didn’t matter, but the person who played before or after me did.
Own it, folks. You only get to live once.
(The homeschooled Montana girl raised in the sticks most of her life who figured out how to live in her own in a new city at 19 with no money. Self-taught programmer, first real job at 19, got knocked back a few steps when the tech stocks crashed leaving us pregnant and unemployed… we dusted ourselves off and started a business with $100. Nine years later, it’s not $100 anymore. It’s 100 employees.)
What have you learned from playing your cards? I’d love to see links to successes popping up in the comments. I’ll publish happy stories and encouraging comments.