Play For The Win

For many of us who have found ourselves in prison, a common reason behind the offending is just pure greed. We want to take the easy option and make a quick buck. At the time it seems like we are winning, making easy money. We also believe that we are getting one up on the police, always a move ahead. For a while that may well be true, perhaps that is the case for years. Eventually though, it catches up with us. Very few people and I mean almost no one gets away with it over the long term.

We might not come to police attention through our dodgy dealings. It may be the case that the way in which our business is conducted is airtight. However, the drug game and criminal world is a dirty realm. It is dog eat dog and there are always unseen and unexpected factors that at any time can find you under the spotlight.

Don’t think that everyone sticks to the code of silence that is associated with the criminal world. It is common for someone to snitch on the competition to eliminate them to either boost their own business or weasel their way out of trouble should they get caught themselves.

Feuds regularly erupt between rivals which brings plenty of police attention. With the media and public pressure this brings, the police will throw vast resources at ensuring they clean it all up by whatever means necessary. Especially when the feuding is between rival crime groups, the police response is drastic. Nothing will attract more attention than gang violence.

Police capabilities with surveillance and intelligence gathering are very good now. Their methods, equipment and resources are constantly improving with cutting edge gadgets and sophisticated tech, it’s becoming harder and harder for criminals to operate undetected.

I’ve spent time in prison with a lot of guys who were completely blindsided by their arrest, believing they had been operating off the radar. Often it was a snitch who had brought them undone, usually someone they had been conducting business with. Regardless of how they were caught, this was always an inevitable outcome. Each day believing they are beating the system, thinking they are winning. For those who think this is the case, you’re not!

Each day that goes by without getting caught seems like a win. Over months and years of what seems like win on top of win, it’s easy to see how someone can think that they are untouchable. Which is how it feels. However, the police only have to win one day, one time and it’s all over. All those apparent wins are now revealed to be the loss they really are. The house, cars, money, jewellery down to the designer handbags for the missus, all paid for by the ill-gotten gains are lost, while legal bills pile up.

This is like having a day at the racetrack backing horse after horse, winning every race feeling as though you can’t lose. Then put all those winnings on the last race of the day, only to lose the lot. What do all those wins count for when you walk out the gate with an empty wallet?

That is exactly the scenario we face when we walk out of those prison gates. We get out broke, nothing in our wallet, no possessions from those ill-gotten gains and a long road back to anything resembling winning.

Real winning comes of the back of a lot of hard work, Its never an easy road. That easy option that leads so many to prison ends up been anything but easy. To chase success without putting in the work leads to guaranteed failure, there are no shortcuts.

If it’s real lasting success you’re chasing, be willing to slog it out working your arse off for as long as it takes. In the end, you’ll have all that you’ve strived for and no one will ever be able to take it away from you. With this mindset you’ll step onto the field, always be in the game, playing for the win.

“Don’t count your money while you’re sitting at the table, there will time enough for counting when the dealings done.”

- Kenny rogers (the gambler)

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Scott T.K Keighran

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2 comments

Amen scotty! Nothing in life comes easy. The only way up is to work hard and move forward honestly. It sucks but it’s the only way. I’ve seen so many family and friends fall for the quick buck and lose it all… it’s honestly not worth it!!

Nicole Galea

I loved the “Play for the win” blog. Straight talk and truth. Keep doing what you do. You now have a purpose from experience that can change peoples lives. Thank you.

Danny

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