177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class
Amateur performers are perpetually waiting for the man on the white horse, singing, “Here I come to save the day!” The masses seem content to wait to inherit their fortune from some long-lost rich relative or by winning the lottery. The casinos are full of amateurs, looking for opportunities. The pros don’t view opportunity as something to wait for, but as something they create for themselves. The more opportunities that the world class creates, the more that seem to come their way. The great ones know they are completely responsible for how their lives turn out. Average people keep hoping luck and circumstance will favor them. Meanwhile, the champions are impacting the world. At the heart of this difference in philosophy is a lack of fear. The great ones are unafraid to fail at a new opportunity.
They see opportunity as a game that must be played now, while there is still time left on the clock. If they fail at that game, they move on to a new game. They just keep playing until they win. Amateurs are so paralyzed by the fear of losing that they never get in the game. As a result, they never develop the courage and confidence to play at the world-class level. Security, to the middle class, is much more important than seizing opportunity. But like happiness, security cannot be sought directly. Security is an illusion created by the masses to justify not taking risks and fulfilling their potential. The great ones play the game and capitalize on every opportunity until the end. Meanwhile, the amateurs come to the end of their lives and arrive safely at death.
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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 114.