Upping the Ante

Upping the Ante

"It takes guts for an employee or a group member to aggressively try to persuade people more passionate, more skilled or smarter to join in, because by raising the average, they also expose themselves to the fact that they're not as good as they used to be (relatively)." via Seth Godin

When playing poker, there’s a phrase that you’ll often hear called “upping the ante.” It means to raise the stakes or in non-poker talk, “to make something more desirable."

It’s time that we did that in our businesses, our lives, and our society. Too often, as humans, we get caught looking at what we could lose versus what we can gain. The risk is the same, but we’re more averse to the negative side effects than the positive.

  • I could lose money, time, reputation, relationships...
  • But you could gain that and more, as well as playing a large part in contributing to the community and society around you.

"The best way to end up mediocre is via tiny compromises.”

Sound familiar?

The more you compromise, the easier it is to compromise in the future. Don’t compromise. It’s time to up the ante.

(photo via jörg)