I recently visited a casino for the first time in several years and tripled my money playing blackjack. Yes, I got lucky. However, I also had a strategy which was deceptively simple and effective: I walked away when I was ahead.
I didn’t “just” walk away. “Just” implies it was easy. It wasn’t. There was tremendous pressure to stay at the table. Casinos give you perks — free drinks, free dinner, even a free room — if you sit long enough and bet high enough. I was also thinking: How do I make my exit? No one else is leaving. Maybe I should stay too? What will they think of me if I leave?
I walked away despite these pressures. And I won.
This same strategy can be applied to anything, including your career. Don’t wait until you’re burnt out, overly burdened, and increasingly cynical. If you walk away then, you won’t feel like a winner. But if you walk away while you’re at your peak, you will.
Walking away — whether from a blackjack table or a job — takes courage, determination, and pride. I know it ain’t easy. But if you time it right, you can look back with satisfaction and look ahead with excitement.
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