You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don't Take

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky This quote changed my life. I’m an avid basketball player and growing up my dad instilled this quote into my brain. If I wasn’t out practicing free throws he’d remind me of this famous Wayne Gretzky quote and for some reason, 20 years later, it’s still ingrained in my brain. 

I realize that a lot of people live their life very cautiously and by the book. I am the complete opposite. I live life on the edge and love taking risks. Some of the biggest risks I’ve taken in life have reaped the biggest rewards. I will be the first to admit that grammar is not my strong suit, but I am a #1 Amazon best-selling author. How is that possible you ask? I took a risk and wrote a book that was barely decipherable and found someone whose strength was writing and I asked her to make sense of it and edit/proofread it all. It took her months to proofread and organize it, but it was worth the risk. All my books have created a residual income that I never dreamed of. All because I sat down and starting writing one day when I knew writing wasn’t my strong suit. I made a shot that I never would have made if I hadn’t started. 

This evolved into my philosophy that deciding not to shoot the game winning shot or not going in for the layup would never result in a “big score” for me. After I came to that conclusion, I never turned back. I have no problem reaching out to celebrities like Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, or Seth Rogan because what’s the worst that they’re going to say? Nothing at all.  Okay, on to the next shot.  What risks are you going to take today? 

-Dennis M. Postema