When I was in my early 20’s, I started playing poker. It’s a common path for the competitive guy with too much time on his hands and an expendable income. I wasn’t very good.
Thankfully, I learned a valuable lesson as I consistently saw my stack of chips dwindle. We all become attached to our feeble efforts. In poker, it’s important you don’t “throw good money after bad”. In life, we often throw good time and effort after bad.
Just as in poker, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. The problem is that it’s easier to be invested in the path of our past than the path of our future. But the future is the only path we can control. If we accept this and work towards our goals, our futures will be determined by ambition over a fear of efforts lost.