He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right
For some people, everything they needed to know, they learned in kindergarten.
For me it came a little later—as a 6 year old in the autumn of 1978.
While eating an afterschool snack at grandma’s house and watching re-runs of the Carol Burnett Show, a commercial came on. A man who looked a lot like Santa Claus was singing and there was a 1-800 number.
I was immediately transfixed. And my knowing grandmother must have made an immediate mental note.
That Christmas, Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, became the first music album I ever owned.
When my sister and our childhood friend Kenneth would stand on the living room hearth and put on lip-synced concerts, we probably had no idea that we were imprinting words of wisdom for life on our impressionable, malleable little minds.
It’s true. Not everyone is dealt the same hand of cards, but EVERY hand has the potential to be both a winner or a loser.
In life, you have to read your skills and talents just like you would a hand of cards and learn to adapt to each game so that your strengths are your strength.
With a little bit of strategy, a little bit of thought, a little bit of optimism, and a little bit of luck…
You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em
Know when to fold ‘em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run