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Playing Big to Play Small

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

So you’re committed to playing BIG:  Writing that great American novel.  Launching the next billion-dollar IPO.  Producing that Oscar-worthy documentary.  Starting that foundation that’s going to eradicate poverty.  Great. 

So show me.  Show the world.  Better yet, show yourself.

If you haven’t started writing that great work yet because there are too many distractions – you’re lying to yourself.    Likewise if you haven’t started that new venture because you’re trying to put together the financing.

People who play big don’t wait around getting ready to get ready.  And they don’t wait until everything is set perfect and there is no chance of failure before they begin.   In fact, they usually begin when the chance of failure is the greatest.  Because that’s when the biggest opportunities are.

Sometimes we play big, because we’re really using it as an excuse to play small. 

We set goals so monumental, so we can impress our circle of influence and especially ourselves that we are serious about success.  But the real reason for the huge objective is because it’s easier to procrastinate doing it.

Ninety percent of the time when I’m counseling people, they are using brash, audacious goals to lie to themselves.  They set some demanding objectives that make taking any simple action toward them seem mundane and unworthy of the goal.  But the only thing that’s unworthy is their belief in themselves.

Painters paint.  Entrepreneurs launch.  Writers write.  Builders build.

So you have a bold, breathtaking vision: great.  But if you’re just using that as an excuse for not getting started, not so good.  If you’re serious about it, what are you doing to get there today?

-RG

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120 thoughts on “Playing Big to Play Small

  1. Terri L Clay says:

    awesome post

  2. Terri L Clay says:

    awesome post

  3. Terri L Clay says:

    awesome post

  4. Terri L Clay says:

    awesome post

  5. Matthew Clark says:

    great advice!

  6. Matthew Clark says:

    great advice!

  7. Geoffrey Tegjeu says:

    cheers Randy 🙂

  8. Geoffrey Tegjeu says:

    cheers Randy 🙂

  9. Keenan Zimmerman says:

    always love your stuff! Keep it coming!

  10. Keenan Zimmerman says:

    always love your stuff! Keep it coming!

  11. Sonia Myers says:

    nice one Randy

  12. Sonia Myers says:

    nice one Randy

  13. Dave Yadallee says:

    Looks like a goodie

  14. Dave Yadallee says:

    Looks like a goodie

  15. Ami Diabetic says:

    Cool post!

  16. Ami Diabetic says:

    Cool post!

  17. Ami Diabetic says:

    Cool post!

  18. Ami Diabetic says:

    Cool post!

  19. John L. Butler says:

    Interesting!

  20. John L. Butler says:

    Interesting!

  21. AndreaGoodsaid says:

    Gosh did this need saying – ty for the clarity Randy :))

  22. AndreaGoodsaid says:

    Gosh did this need saying – ty for the clarity Randy :))

  23. Michael Strachanowski says:

    Huge Words! Thats true Randy.

  24. Michael Strachanowski says:

    Huge Words! Thats true Randy.

  25. Doug Wolfgram says:

    Great insight.

  26. Doug Wolfgram says:

    Great insight.

  27. Mika Douglas says:

    Don’t need big, just connected

  28. Mika Douglas says:

    Don’t need big, just connected

  29. Les McHugh says:

    Very interesting!

  30. Les McHugh says:

    Very interesting!

  31. Robert Bradford says:

    Once again, dead on! Batting in singles can score just as well.

  32. Robert Bradford says:

    Once again, dead on! Batting in singles can score just as well.

  33. AmyWells says:

    Wow, you just sang to my heart. No more, getting ready to get ready for me.

  34. AmyWells says:

    Wow, you just sang to my heart. No more, getting ready to get ready for me.

  35. Rob Tee says:

    I just need real.

  36. Rob Tee says:

    I just need real.

  37. Harold Gardner says:

    Great thoughts…thanks

  38. Harold Gardner says:

    Great thoughts…thanks

  39. Florinel Nicolai Deciu says:

    Think big, play big you’re both a Master and Apprentice 🙂

  40. Florinel Nicolai Deciu says:

    Think big, play big you’re both a Master and Apprentice 🙂

  41. Florinel Nicolai Deciu says:

    Think big, play big you’re both a Master and Apprentice 🙂

  42. Florinel Nicolai Deciu says:

    Think big, play big you’re both a Master and Apprentice 🙂

  43. George Sevah says:

    interesting !

  44. George Sevah says:

    interesting !

  45. George Sevah says:

    interesting !

  46. George Sevah says:

    interesting !

  47. Lenore Goodnreadytogo says:

    Hi Randy, Keep ’em coming! Lenore Goodnreadytogo

  48. Lenore Goodnreadytogo says:

    Hi Randy, Keep ’em coming! Lenore Goodnreadytogo

  49. Lenore Goodnreadytogo says:

    Hi Randy, Keep ’em coming! Lenore Goodnreadytogo

  50. Lenore Goodnreadytogo says:

    Hi Randy, Keep ’em coming! Lenore Goodnreadytogo

  51. a123r7o says:

    Great read! that´s because today is important in order to manipulate your future.

  52. a123r7o says:

    Great read! that´s because today is important in order to manipulate our future.

  53. a123r7o says:

    Great read! that´s because today is important in order to manipulate our future.

  54. Yannis Beltekas says:

    Good one!

  55. Yannis Beltekas says:

    Good one!

  56. Amila Buddika says:

    Good.

  57. Amila Buddika says:

    Good.

  58. Idael Perez says:

    Great article and reminder. Thanks for waking up out inner senses. 🙂

  59. Idael Perez says:

    Great article and reminder. Thanks for waking up out inner senses. 🙂

  60. David Black says:

    good

  61. David Black says:

    good

  62. Tatyana Kompanets says:

    And they don’t wait until everything is set perfect and there is no chance of failure before they begin. (С) super

  63. Tatyana Kompanets says:

    And they don’t wait until everything is set perfect and there is no chance of failure before they begin. (С) super

  64. Sean OShea says:

    Wow, great reminder, and great insight. I hadn’t thought much about this possibility, but will definitely have a look. Thanks for always making me think and stretch!

  65. Sean OShea says:

    Wow, great reminder, and great insight. I hadn’t thought much about this possibility, but will definitely have a look. Thanks for always making me think and stretch!

  66. Sean OShea says:

    Ok, second read through – damn this is good!! 🙂

  67. Sean OShea says:

    Ok, second read through – damn this is good!! 🙂

  68. LeneJytteHansen says:

    Thank’s Randy! 
    This actually answered my questions from your last article!
    XOXO

  69. LeneJytteHansen says:

    Thank’s Randy! 
    This actually answered my questions from your last article!
    XOXO

  70. Brian Hwang says:

    awesome

  71. Brian Hwang says:

    awesome

  72. Alexander Bakoulis says:

    Looks Great. 🙂

  73. Alexander Bakoulis says:

    Looks Great. 🙂

  74. Sathish Isaac says:

    cool post!

  75. Sathish Isaac says:

    cool post!

  76. Chris Inman says:

    Randy, Your content is always point on!!! Thanks!

  77. Chris Inman says:

    Randy, Your content is always point on!!! Thanks!

  78. Vladimir Gutenmaher says:

    Only if they read this…

  79. Vladimir Gutenmaher says:

    Only if they read this…

  80. Vladimir Gutenmaher says:

    Only if they read this…

  81. Vladimir Gutenmaher says:

    Only if they read this…

  82. Leeloo says:

    Today?
    No.
    Tomorrow…..
    I´m flying to London to meet new potential biz people at the Entrepreneur Country Forum.
    Restless goal-people “move” 😉

  83. Leeloo says:

    Today?
    No.
    Tomorrow…..
    I´m flying to London to meet new potential biz people at the Entrepreneur Country Forum.
    Restless goal-people “move” 😉

  84. Sanjay sharma says:

    i will start study right now

  85. Sanjay sharma says:

    i will start study right now

  86. Dennis Coble says:

    Thanks, Randy!

  87. Dennis Coble says:

    Thanks, Randy!

  88. Dennis Coble says:

    Thanks, Randy!

  89. Dennis Coble says:

    Thanks, Randy!

  90. Are you talking to me? Cause here’s a guy with a big vision (& not shy to share it) and yet seems to be going nowhere fast. But hey, at least I’ve got my big vision to pacify me and help me feel better about myself.

  91. Are you talking to me? Cause here’s a guy with a big vision (& not shy to share it) and yet seems to be going nowhere fast. But hey, at least I’ve got my big vision to pacify me and help me feel better about myself.

  92. Are you talking to me? Cause here’s a guy with a big vision (& not shy to share it) and yet seems to be going nowhere fast. But hey, at least I’ve got my big vision to pacify me and help me feel better about myself.

  93. Jonathan1 says:

    Like Ram Dass said years ago, “Before enlightenment, carrying water and chopping wood. After enlightenment, carrying water and chopping wood”.. Writers write. Doers Do. And most importantly, the ONLY way to get there from here is by taking the steps rather than coming up with excuses why we can’t. 
     
    BOOM!

  94. Jonathan1 says:

    Like Ram Dass said years ago, “Before enlightenment, carrying water and chopping wood. After enlightenment, carrying water and chopping wood”.. Writers write. Doers Do. And most importantly, the ONLY way to get there from here is by taking the steps rather than coming up with excuses why we can’t. 
     
    BOOM!

  95. Barbara Fariña says:

    This is something I’m struggling in my husband’s business.

  96. Barbara Fariña says:

    This is something I’m struggling in my husband’s business.

  97. dofollowme says:

    Randy, I’m not too fussed about being successful and I don’t quite think that earning massive paychecks could ever restore my faith earning online. My biggest let down over 17 years was my faith in Google’s Adsense program. I created an account purely for charities and nothing ever came of it? That in itself is nothing short of betrayl by a company who promotes good things for advertising scripts on their behalf!
     
    I also opened an Amazon-Affiliate-Account strictly for charity but over many years of contextual advertising on their behalf, not even a mention.
     
    On a personal scale, I am just happy to invent my daily routine and enjoy what life has to offer, without the added pressures of success.
     
    With Success, there is always the illusion that everything is working the way you planned, but that’s nowhere near the real truth.
     
    Just happy to be who I am, no frills, nothing special, just an ordinary man; http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9098758/photo-helps-widower-get-back-on-feet/

  98. dofollowme says:

    Randy, I’m not too fussed about being successful and I don’t quite think that earning massive paychecks could ever restore my faith earning online. My biggest let down over 17 years was my faith in Google’s Adsense program. I created an account purely for charities and nothing ever came of it? That in itself is nothing short of betrayl by a company who promotes good things for advertising scripts on their behalf!
     
    I also opened an Amazon-Affiliate-Account strictly for charity but over many years of contextual advertising on their behalf, not even a mention.
     
    On a personal scale, I am just happy to invent my daily routine and enjoy what life has to offer, without the added pressures of success.
     
    With Success, there is always the illusion that everything is working the way you planned, but that’s nowhere near the real truth.
     
    Just happy to be who I am, no frills, nothing special, just an ordinary man; http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/9098758/photo-helps-widower-get-back-on-feet/

  99. Michael Simonsen says:

    Wow!! Very profound, and very true!

  100. Michael Simonsen says:

    Wow!! Very profound, and very true!

  101. Mario Nikolov says:

    mind and believes blowing!

  102. Mario Nikolov says:

    mind and believes blowing!

  103. Miklos Denkler says:

    I’m thinking BIG about my love http://www.swisshalley.com/hu/ref/Hellas-5

  104. Miklos Denkler says:

    I’m thinking BIG about my love http://www.swisshalley.com/hu/ref/Hellas-5

  105. Barry Gumm says:

    good stuff

  106. Barry Gumm says:

    good stuff

  107. This is a great post. What I would add to this is if youre an entrepreneur..
    is dont follow the money when you are launching..
     
    Whatever I do – I must have passion for – then the money will come.. – and my energy will never drain..
     
    Too many people follow the money but they never become fulfilled or passionate about their business..

  108. This is a great post. What I would add to this is if youre an entrepreneur..
    is dont follow the money when you are launching..
     
    Whatever I do – I must have passion for – then the money will come.. – and my energy will never drain..
     
    Too many people follow the money but they never become fulfilled or passionate about their business..

  109. Blair Kunkel says:

    good advice!

  110. Blair Kunkel says:

    good advice!

  111. Dave Gabbett says:

    Pithy truth, Randy. I’d imagine about 97% struggle with this problem.

  112. Dave Gabbett says:

    Pithy truth, Randy. I’d imagine about 97% struggle with this problem.

  113. Maulanah says:

    A very exciting way to start my day!! Act on your dreams as they are but dreams if not acted upon. Got it! Thanks Randy! 🙂

  114. Maulanah says:

    A very exciting way to start my day!! Act on your dreams as they are but dreams if not acted upon. Got it! Thanks Randy! 🙂

  115. ralph says:

    so, the best time to act is when the risk of failure its the greatest? so, i should act expecting failure to happen? am i supposed to act when failure has like 99% chance to occur  when chasing my dreams?

    1. Hi Ralph, always the best time to act is now…
       
      Some people fail for 6 months others for 6 years or 16 years.., etc..
       
      All you have to do is to resolve to yourself that you will be a man – put up with the failure – never quit – keep going..
       
      If you do this and consistently take action – i promise you – you will succeed..

  116. ralph says:

    so, the best time to act is when the risk of failure its the greatest? so, i should act expecting failure to happen? am i supposed to act when failure has like 99% chance to occur  when chasing my dreams?

  117. DerrickCarpenter says:

    Stellar RG. I have come to expect this from you and your insights.

  118. DerrickCarpenter says:

    Stellar RG. I have come to expect this from you and your insights.

  119. Hi Ralph, always the best time to act is now…
     
    Some people fail for 6 months others for 6 years or 16 years.., etc..
     
    All you have to do is to resolve to yourself that you will be a man – put up with the failure – never quit – keep going..
     
    If you do this and consistently take action – i promise you – you will succeed..

 

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