All In

(*Based off of Greg Plitt’s Video Blog about “Life’s Gamble”)

Throughout the past few years, and especially over this past year, I have learned a lot about life and what it takes to live. I say live in reference to what it feels to actually be alive…whether that is being scared out of your mind, or happy beyond belief. And truly, over the past year, I have experienced more of the “scared shitless” feeling that I ever had before…because I was pushing myself in all areas to the limits, right to the edge, and often of times taking that little leap of faith that wasn’t possible in previous years. Life is a gamble.

Most of us gamble with other people’s money, hearts, friendships, and anything else they can find. But in all honesty, you can only truly learn once it is your “money” on the table. Nothing else has the same effect on you as an individual until your reputation is on the line. The greatest amount of learning comes from betting on yourself, your character, and you who are deep down. Because when you bet on yourself, you have already won. Even if you fail, you are learning from it. When you aren’t betting on yourself, the impact of loss rarely has any true long-lasting effect.

I have admitted in the past and I have tried and tried and continued to fail over and over again. But I don’t let this get me down because I know that I will continue bouncing back and keeping my eyes on the horizon. The hardest realization you have to make is the true answer of what you are doing it for? Am I doing it for the achievement, or am I doing it for the reward? I have been mixed up in both, but time and time again I have realized that doing something for the sake of personal achievement and being proud of what you are doing…will reap much more satisfaction.

Run your own show. You will always hear those people out there ripping on someone who has “made it” etc…but most of the time, the pure honest truth is that they are completely jealous of what that person has achieved. Everyone runs to the person who has achieved success and wants to interview them and find out how they got there…but during the time of struggle no one cared. No one wanted to deal with them. In fact, the absolute opposite happened. They got ignored, they were put on the back burners, and people took the worst and amplified it. No one cares when you are on the journey and are struggling to get to where you want to get. Success has many fathers…failure is an orphan.

One day though, it all turns around. And when you do it for the sake of being proud of who you are and creating a real life tangible representation of who you are as a person…you will be rock solid. In no way am I a perfect man. In fact, I make more mistakes and fail more than people would probably expect. But I think what makes me different is I have the ability to own up to my mistakes, tell people I am sorry, fix situations, and move forward. Because I am betting on myself. I am betting on the person I am and what is deep down inside…because I know with all my heart that what is in the burner inside of me will come to reality. I just have to keep the flame lit.

Evan Sanders

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  • susannairn
    November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love the line – “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan”. So poignant and so very true. Well said.

  • robertsitalia
    November 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Failure is simply a chance to both learn and grow!

  • gracesavedus
    November 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    And to keep that light burning through the struggle is vital as this is where many lights go off on their own or blown off by others. The real success is in the journey itself. Every moment we decide not to give up during the struggle is success itself. And the journey’s end is no surprise, just a byproduct.
    Nice post. Thanks for inspiring.

  • nadiafriza
    November 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Nice picture, nice thought. Why bet if we’re sure we can do it? 🙂

  • breadcrumble1
    November 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Again, inspiring. Could not agree more.

  • Candice Mncwabe
    November 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

    You’re an awesome individual! Love this blog

  • MsGeeTx
    November 9, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Your blog is an inspiration for many. Than. For keeping it short today. Have a blessed “all in” weekend.

  • MsGeeTx
    November 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Reblogged this on Ms Gee.

  • surviving-murder
    November 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I have known that feeling truly being an orphan in life and in the climb. I am nowhere near the top, but I am proud of my struggle and what I have achieved despite what I have been dealt. Well said, Evan.

  • kevin menezes
    November 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Good post Evans. I personally believe that those who find it in them to take a leap of faith will also find God right there waiting to catch them as they fall. Our fate depends on our faith. 🙂

  • Crystal Nuding
    November 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Awesome, Evan. Beautiful. Thank you!

  • yohannahu
    November 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Beautiful. So deep..

  • Created ~
    November 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love this post! So true:)

  • tornadoday
    November 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

    AMEN, Evan!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • teresasdreams
    November 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Confessions & Dreams and commented:
    Going “All In” is what makes a truly successful person. Things happen when you push yourself to the limit. Thanks for the great post, Evan!

  • ljlenehan
    November 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Wow… What a post… So much truth in it…

  • Jonathan
    November 10, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Lovely blog title.

  • Mom
    November 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Evan, well said. The journey is constant, unless you prefer to live without breathing. Too many people “spend out” their lives just breaking even. To bet on yourself, you have to be willing to lead. What I have found is taking the lead and believing in “me” can make for a pretty lonely spot at the table. It takes courage and open eyes to keep going toward the reward of winning yourself back, reputation and all. Still, I would rather sit alone for a while and know Im moving in a good direction. Its just not in me to constantly change dollars and break even!
    Keep goin,
    kassie aka Mom

  • noordinaryjoy61
    November 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The world would be a much better place if we were more committed to being honest and real people. That has certainly been my focus and goal this year, in particular. Excellent post.

  • gentlestitches
    November 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    You amaze me how you just manage to say the right thing to me at the right time. I always believed in “do what you love and the money will come” but never said it out loud for fear of sounding naive. Well I did and it has. Not a lot but enough. I am betting on me. : )

  • sunshinebarz
    November 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Reblogged this on Sentiments Through the Speed of Light and commented:
    “Betting for myself”