There’s Never a “Sure Bet” Moment - Why You Should Always Keep a Chip or Two in Reserve

Life’s unpredictable; your strategy shouldn’t be.

Yousuf Rafi
4 min readSep 20


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Ever had that intoxicating feeling of invincibility, where you’re absolutely certain you’ve got the winning hand? Well, today, let’s dig deep into why that feeling might be more of a mirage than a jackpot. Hold onto your hats (and your chips), as we navigate the unpredictable game board of life’s decisions.

1. The Tale of Bob and the “Unsinkable” Boat

First up, a little storytime. Meet Bob. Bob was a proud owner of what he believed was an “unsinkable” boat. He’d heard tales of the Titanic, but Bob was convinced his boat was different. After all, he’d invested in the latest technology, read all the manuals, and even had a rubber duck for good luck.

One sunny day, Bob decided to invite all his friends for a voyage. “It’s unsinkable!” he boasted, as he bet every chip (and by chip, I mean every last penny) on this adventure. You can probably guess where this is going. No, they didn’t hit an iceberg, but Bob forgot one tiny detail: to check the weather forecast. A surprise storm turned his sunny day into a scene from a disaster movie.

Luckily, everyone was safe, but Bob’s “unsinkable” boat? Let’s just say it found a new home at the bottom of the sea. And Bob? He learned the hard way that it’s always good to keep a lifejacket, or in our analogy, a chip or two in reserve.

2. The Cookie Jar Incident

Now, let’s talk about little Timmy. Timmy had a plan. A grand plan to reach the cookie jar on the top shelf. With a chair, a stack of books, and his trusty cat Whiskers as a lookout, he was certain of his success. But as the saying goes, “Man plans, and God laughs.” Or in this case, “Timmy plans, and Whiskers knocks over the stack of books.” Cookies everywhere, a minor mess, and a very happy cat. The lesson? Always have a backup plan. Or in Timmy’s case, maybe just ask an adult for help.

3. Betting on Certainty in an Uncertain World

We’ve all been there. That moment when you’re so sure about something that you’re willing to go all…



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