Tomorrow, April 5, 2017, is National Go for Broke Day.
The phrase “go for broke” or “going for broke” means to give it all your all, to put everything on the line, and take a risk. Most people relate those phrases to gambling — when someone goes “all in” and puts all their money on the line, but as someone who was born and raised in Hawai’i, those phrases mean “stop being scared and go for it!”
Many of us, myself included, like to stay in our comfort zones. It’s easy to go with the motions, to stick with what we know, instead of putting our neck on the line and taking chances.
How many times have you willingly took a risk?
When was the last time you did something new?
Have you ever been out of your comfort zone?
It’s time to go for broke! Get out of your comfort zone and put it all on the line.
It is when you stop doing what’s easy, when you try something new or different, when you take a chance — that you truly begin to grow as a person.
Born and raised an island girl, I moved to the mainland a few months before my 20th birthday. It was the first time I would be on my own, away from my family and friends, and let me tell you… The culture shock was very real. In fact, within the first 48 hours of being there, I cried and called my mom to tell her that I wanted to come back home.
O’ahu was my home, my comfort zone. It was where I knew what to do, where to go, and who I could trust. Being almost 3,000 miles away from all of that was scary. I was in a town I knew little to nothing about, surrounded by complete strangers, and I was terrified… But it was during the time I spent in the mainland that I grew and really learned about who I am and who I want to be.
If I moved back home instead of going for broke, I would’ve never been able to grow. I would still be a shy and soft-spoken girl who is too afraid to go for her dreams.
Putting everything on the line may seem scary, and it is, but you never know what could happen if you don’t take a chance.
Are you ready to go for broke?