Small bets aren’t too uncomfortable. It’s not hard to sacrifice a chip or two when you’re hoarding the rest of the pile. But the payoff is small, too.
When you have a larger investment, you start to pay attention. You might feel anxious or your stomach might get tight while you wait to see what happens next. It’s nerve-wracking, and if you lose, it hurts. But you still get to walk away with whatever you have left.
But when you decide to go all in – when you give all that you have for the sake of one hand – it’s almost a relief. You know for certain that you will either walk away empty-handed or win big. There is no in-between. No comfort cushion. It’s all out there.
I’m all in.
And I think I’ve already won the prize.