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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses going for broke as part of your strategy and uses the story of an actor to make his point.

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Let me just start off the story. The story is 1 of a young actor who has written a screenplay. He sent it to a number of studios or 100 studios (it doesn't really matter how many) there is a point where his wife is expecting a baby, he is running out of money. A studio finally says to him, "We would like to do the movie but we don't want you to be the lead actor in. We would like to cast someone else and it's." He turned them down, telling them it has to be him.

He is running out of money and he knows that if he has to get through the weekend. He will have to cave in to the studio's demands. However, he holds on and holds on and gambles that they will cave in to him and on Friday afternoon, he received a call that said, "okay. You can play the lead." He signs the contract and out of that, Sylvester Stallone became the star of "Rocky," the movie won best picture and the career was really born. He was an actor earlier on but nothing like he became.

The story really isn't about Stallone. This is about being willing to gamble everything. For a lot of you, you play it safe in life. You do things that are comfortable. You do things because you don't want to rock the boat. Where is that really getting you? At the end of the day, it is getting you a nice mediocre future; you're allowing yourself to be controlled by Mommy and Daddy Big Business and your career has no safety to it.

What do you really dream of doing? What are you willing to bet everything on? What are you willing to "go for broke" to get? Do you even think that way anymore? What is the price you are willing to pay? Do you have buy-in from your family? Scare them and tell them those Stallone story if you need to.

At the end of the day, most people play a pretty safe. The voices in your head are telling you that it can't be done.

There are a lot of things that people of said can't be done. Running a sub 4 minute mile was 1 of those things for the longest time until someone was able to do it. Then, many others followed immediately thereafter because the belief system in their heads were changed.

What can you do? What are you willing to bet everything on? What are you willing to gamble on in order to be successful?

You may be happy as you are now and this podcast is obviously not for you. However, for those of you who have been settling for what the world is giving you. It is time.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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