We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
- Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Disney Imagineer, The Last Lecture, and remarkable guy. Oh, he's also 47 and dying of pancreatic cancer.
The number of starting card pairs in poker.
The number of hands worth playing. That's just over 1% of all cards possibilities.
The hand doesn't change, but how you play your cards can.
Life is the same. How you play your cards can change everything.
Recently Dr. Adam Fraser from the Glucose Club shared a story with me, about a business man. This man, had been brought up in family with a single mother, who had an extreme disability and very little money. From a young age, without a father, he became the sole caretaker and breadwinner for the house. By 16, he had started his own company, and is now a successful multi business owning, multi millionaire.
Surprised by his carefree, positive nature from such a stark horrible childhood, Adam asked him why hadn't he been stuck in his misery, poverty and pain of his terrible circumstance? He responded,
'You play the cards you're dealt.'
This resounded deeply with me, this guy understood that you can whinge, be jealous, sad and miserable about what you've got, or you can accept that life isn't always fair, and make the most of it.
Personally, I like the cards I've been dealt. I'm not going to apologise for them and I'm not going to be jealous of those who have more. Now this is the really difficult bit... I've just got to make the right bet.
flickr cred: Kevin Labianco