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Jul 20, 2019 18:42:14

One string or one chip

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 300 words | 290🔥 | 290💌

Brandon Wilson

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A story is told of the great nineteenth-century violinist Niccola Paganini. He was performing with a full orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd. As the final piece began, suddenly one of the strings on his violin snapped. Without missing a beat, Paganini continued to play with three strings. Within moments another string snapped. Once again, Paganini continued to play flawlessly this time with two strings. Unbelievably, a third string snapped. His determination and ability allowed Paganini to continue playing with only one string left.

Once the performance was finished, the audience erupted into an enthusiastic ovation. Paganini raised his violin and shouted out, "Paganini and one string!" He then led the orchestra through an encore while continuing to play his violin with one string. It was a note-for-note rendition.
In 1982 at the World Series of Poker Main Event, a player named Jack Strauss thought he had busted out of the tournament after pushing in all his chips. He lost the hand but discovered one single $500 poker chip hiding under a cocktail napkin. He continued playing with only a "chip and a chair" and won the tournament with a then-record $520,000 prize.
It doesn't matter whether you are down to one string or down to one chip. As long as you are still alive and breathing, you are still in the game.
Life can be difficult especially when you are striving to do something great, to be someone great.
We grow the most when things are the most challenging.
Today is not happening to you. It's happing for you.
The same thing that brings a curse brings a blessing.
You are still in the game.
Never quit.

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    @brandonwilson

    Yo have you ever had a one X moment in your life?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 21, 2019 16:34:23
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      @abrahamKim Need more detail.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 21, 2019 10:06:19
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      @brandonwilson

      Was wondering if you've ever been in a similar position to Paganini and his one String... or Strauss and his one chip.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jul 21, 2019 20:13:59
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      @abrahamKim I have in certain ways. Thankfully nothing earth-shattering or anything close to taking me out of the game completely.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 21, 2019 17:49:36
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    @brandonwilson "Today is not happening to you. It's happing for you." awesome line!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 21, 2019 22:34:14
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    @brandonwilson - great story! ( as long as he just pushed in the chips and let the dealer count them ( and didn't say "I'm all in" -- it works )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 21, 2019 00:10:47
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    @brandonwilson

    "As long as you are still alive and breathing, you are still in the game." great line, I'm touched.

    Anselm Yoo avatar Anselm Yoo | Jul 20, 2019 22:37:10
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      @anselmyoo Thanks for reading!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 21, 2019 10:05:48
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    @brandonwilson - Very nice story telling with a message Brandon.
    Today is not happening to you, it's for you. I should say this a few times a day.
    Great mindset.
    Thank you

    Keni avatar Keni | Jul 20, 2019 22:26:31
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      @keni True stories too, as best as I can verify. Thanks for reading!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 20, 2019 19:31:45
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