Stoicism, Seneca, risk and Tim Ferriss, Gary Vee, Ryan Holiday etc. too.
Sitting quietly at a high stakes poker table, Jacquelyn has two piles of chips in front of her. One is designated to keep playing, the other she has separated for her thus far huge winnings. The OTHER PLAYERS at the table are watching her closely through this tense moment as she reveals her cards. She has won the round.
Jacquelyn smiles ever so slightly at the victory, she has reached a funding milestone for her project.
A FELLOW GAMBLER, female, groans after losing her umpteenth game. The DEALER encourages Jacquelyn to add her chips to her winnings pile.
FELLOW GAMBLER: You’re a very cunning and smart lady, so hard to read. I saw your bet pile is separated from your winnings pile too, that’s the only clever approach.
Fellow Gambler looks down at her paltry pile of remaining chips.
FELLOW GAMBLER (CONT’D): You married?
FELLOW GAMBLER: Perfect. Now you’re rich. You can have anyone you want and be anywhere, travel forever, live in some hot country.
JACQUELYN: I’ve already got plans for the money.
FELLOW GAMBLER: What? Judging by the way you played, investments I’m guessing.
JACQUELYN: It’s personal.
FELLOW GAMBLER: I say, to each their own, but if it isn’t something frivolous, you’re crazy! You only live once. Give this life some spice, have fun!
JACQUELYN: Another drink before I leave?
FELLOW GAMBLER: …Yes! Watch out for casino goons as you leave though. It’s not just a movie trope… I don’t think. Never won that big so what do I know?
This scene was removed because it felt too easy of a justification as to how Jacquelyn acquired such funds in order to launch the trials and experimentation. It felt too easy and although I would have loved to have seen it play out on film, I didn’t think it worked. I felt I didn’t need to fully explain to you dear reader how she managed to get the money together, that’s a piece of the puzzle you can debate.
It’s not enough to know you’ve done something wrong or are repeating a bad habit, you have to find a way to alter your patterns and behaviour in order to tackle them. If you find yourself unable to control your reactions you have to determine a way to manage them, because their impact on others poses a huge obstacle and in doing so does too to you.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” David Viscott
*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?