If you want to get ahead in life, it is important for you to learn how to operate effectively in different areas. If you want to do better with your finances, you need to read and learn more about financial intelligence. If you want to do better in relationships, you will have to improve your knowledge of how relationships work and how to communicate effectively.
If you want to learn how to make smarter decisions in life, you need to have an effective strategy that helps you navigate the paths of life. You can adopt effective strategies from some of the oldest games in the world.
Roulette is one of those games that is based completely on luck but there are a few strategies that you can use to improve your chances of coming out on the winning side. This might not seem obvious at first, but roulette is similar to life in a lot of ways. It offers a great primer for how to handle risk on the way to substantial payoffs.
We give you an inside look into some of the key strategies that you can absorb from playing roulette and how you can use them in real life. Here are three ways that playing roulette can teach you how to navigate life better.
Find Something That Moves You
In life, we all know that the biggest payoffs come with the largest amounts of risk. Applying for your dream job will always be more nerve-wracking than applying to jobs you don’t care about, and it will also be much more satisfying when you get the offer.
As in roulette, playing for stakes that do not matter to you will leave you bored and unsatisfied even when you win. You can spend all your life aiming for the middle and be successful doing so, but you will always look back and think about what more you could have achieved had you aimed for the top.
So when you’re trying to decide between two options, always try to go for the more exciting choice, all things being equal. Even if you don’t win, you’ll still have no regrets, because you got to do something that mattered to you.
Accept the Uncertainty
There are millions of people who oppose gambling and believe that it is nothing but a social evil. While they do have a point with regards to problem gambling, there are quite a few lessons that you can learn from the gaming tales.
In roulette, it is standard for your wager to be doubled when you hit the winning number. How much you put in determines how much is paid out.
Think about everything you want in this world. Can you envision getting any of them without some risk of failure? Even more importantly, if you got them without any risk at all, would you be able to appreciate them?
The fact is that, no matter how much we try to control everything, everything in life contains some element of risk. Even just crossing the street, no matter how many times you’ve done it before, always has the possibility of ending badly, however minimal it may be.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop crossing streets. What it means is that you must understand that there are risks involved in doing so and it is up to you to take the necessary precautions to minimize it.
Let’s use another example. If you are looking to get married and want to find an ideal partner, you will have to take a certain element of risk in dating someone and making yourself vulnerable at times. You are going to meet some douchebags when you date but you also open yourself up to meet someone you can spend the rest of your life with.
The great thing about this approach is that you have to be willing to fail to succeed. Just like roulette, you need to find out what doesn’t work and leave that behind. At the end of the day, you can rest easy knowing you stepped out and gave it a go.
Bet With Your Head, Not Over It
As roulette players, we all have a sense of our lucky numbers. Looking back, my most memorable wins mostly came with the number 29. Does this mean anything? Unlikely, as roulette is a game of chance.
The odds of hitting your lucky number are exactly the same as any other number. It’s just more memorable to us when our lucky number hits. This is something all gamblers learn eventually. A lucky number works until the moment that it doesn’t, so you have to be very careful about how much you bet on any one given hand.
We can often lose sight of the randomness in life, opting instead to believe in luck. Some people do get lucky, but it is impossible to predict when or where that will happen.
Some people get lucky with a multi-million dollar lottery ticket, while other people get lucky with their kid’s toy in a Happy Meal—you never really know which one will happen to you until it does.
It’s never a good move to punt off your entire bankroll on a single event. Make sure that you always have something left for opportunities down the road.