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Kenny Rogers sang the famous song ‘The Gambler’ back in the late 70’s. However, he wasn’t the only one. Johnny Cash also sang it and I believe Don Schlitz who wrote the song and Bobby Bare sang it too. It was Kenny Rogers who made it famous with his unique country style.

Now that you’re thinking about the song, you probably have the catchy tune in your head and thinking about belting out the lyrics at a party over the years. So why not sing the chorus along with me now:

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

And my favourite part……

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep

And ain’t that just the secret to survivin’ not just in a card game but also in life?

You’ve got to know what to hold close which is what is most important to you, and who is most important to you. The things that give you joy, that fulfils your purpose and keeps you motivated and the people who you love, who lift you up, who support and positively challenge you to be better.

Then you’ve got to know when to fold. You’ve got to know what to let go of – those things that aren’t important, that may be time zappers or bad habits or things you may be doing simply out of a sense of obligation. You also need to know who to walk away or even run from. Those people that constantly take and don’t give, the ones who always suck you dry of energy and the ones who want to drag you down with them and don’t want you to succeed.

That’s the secret to not only survivin’ but thrivin’.

Oh and Happy New Financial Year – what a great way to start it singin’ a little tune! Ok enough with the country and western talk now!


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