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Playing NOT to Lose


Is it better to play it safe, or to go all out and make your mark?  Most like the low risk approach.  However a few say ‘to hell with it’  Read on………….
I read this week that Apple’s visionary co-founder, Steven Jobs, is once again ailing. I fear that he wont be with us much longer.  On the impact of his own mortality on his thinking, this is what he said in 2005:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered, to help me make the big choices in life” he said, ‘because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Amazing words, don’t you think?
These words by the Apple visionary have had a galvanizing effect on me, let me tell you.  They have gone straight to my heart.  Deep, deep, deep.
We do our best work when all the mental limitations we place on ourselves are removed.  No more envy, no more phony baloney pride, no more cloying need for approval, or questing for status.  No more nonsense.
When we are in this state we can give full reign to our innate creativity.  Steve Jobs is clearly one of the most creative people on the planet.  Having a keen sense of his own mortality gives him the personal power to just let loose with his own innate creativity.
My history has been one of mixed fortunes.  Although I’ve earned plenty of money over the years, I always felt I was holding back.  I always felt that I was playing NOT to lose, rather than playing to win.  It seemed as if a giant hand was on my head, holding me down.
I have since come to realise that this big hand was actually my low self esteem, which prevented me from fully exploiting my potential.
Being keenly aware of my own mortality is the biggest thing.  Now it just doesn’t matter.  So I may as well just go for it.  I made this decision a while ago, but reading Steve Job’s words gave me a timely reminder that I can’t slacken off for a minute.  What about you?

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