A Sophisticate Gone Bad

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"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me" Ayn Rand

One day Ryan Blair a successful entrepreneur who wrote a highly successful book called 'Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain'. 

After reading his book I connected to what he was talking about because I had experienced something similar in my life. When I was at my lowest moment in life, I acted out of character. Although it takes courage to be yourself it takes just as much courage to act out of character. It was my bravest moment because I had never been more scared in my life. Yet, I conquered it because I had nothing left to lose and that act of courage resulted in my success. 

Does a Sophisticate really go bad? What does going bad really mean? Is it being harmful to others? No. Is it being dangerous? No. Is it being disrespectful? No. Or is it that a Sophisticate decides to take a risk once and awhile? 

Once in a while, a Sophisticate remembers that she has nothing to lose and goes bad. When she is the most afraid and needs the most courage she takes calculated risks by acting out of character. When everything is going well for a Sophisticate sometimes becomes afraid because she doesn't want to lose what she has gained. When does she succeed? When she has nothing to lose or rather when she feels as if she has nothing to lose. 

Her resilience (See 'A Sophisticate is Resilient') keeps her from feeling as if shdoesn't have anything to lose. She knows that she isn't perfect and that occasionally she will fail. She knows that she is human and therefore, fallible. She will not live forever and that in the grand scheme of all that matters she is not what matters. The difference between someone who is sophisticated is that  a Sophisticate knows within herself that if she does lose or fail, she will fight her way back with enormous effort and determination.

"Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, everything to gain" Diane de Pointiers 


A Sophisticate has fear yet chooses to overcome it (See 'A Sophisticate is Fearless'). She has a rebellious streak and likes to kick over the apple cart once in awhile.

“To me, Fearless is not the absense of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” Taylor Swift

A Sophisticate is brave, fearless, and resilient. When she has nothing to lose, those three attributes come together and a Sophisticate takes a risk. In the end, a Sophisticate goes bad so that she can do a little good and be a little better. ;D