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Chapter 1. Begin Game Here > Play with Courage

Play with Courage

The right move is not always the easiest move. Today's winners are making choices in challenging surroundings. Seldom in our history has the workplace been more unstable or the home front more frantic, thanks in large part to lightning-fast shifts in the economy and technology. You want to be able to meet the challenges with courage and confidence.

If you look, you will find people playing courageously everywhere. Robin, a sixty-two-year-old career strategist, realized that she needed a rest after working at a high pace for twenty-two years helping others find direction. She had helped clients take time off and now thought about taking a year for herself. Robin remembers, “At first, I was afraid a year would be too long—that people would forget me and that my business would die. I had so much of my identity tied up in my work. What would life be like as an unemployed middle-aged woman in the suburbs?” She chose not to listen to that frightened internal voice and courageously took off a full year. She decided to do the things she had long yearned to do: She visited national parks, appeared as a movie extra, and took cooking classes. Afterward, she felt renewed and enthusiastic about returning to work.


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