“Every risk is worth taking as long as it’s for a good cause and contributes to a good life.”—Unknown
Are you a risk taker? Did you know that your success will largely hinge on the number and type of risks you take? Taking a chance is difficult, but it can be well worth it and you can benefit richly from your gamble. This does not mean to take wild chances; instead, hone your decision-making skills so that you can make informed choices and take good chances that will directly benefit you!
Many people refuse to take chances not because they are afraid of risk but because they are afraid of change. Let’s face it: no one really likes change when they are in a comfortable rut. In fact, most people will choose avoidance of pain over possible pleasure. Think about that friend of yours who was hurt terribly by a lost loved one or the friend who lost money in the stock market. Those people will probably choose the “safe road” over another “adventure,” even if the adventure promises great reward. It is just easier to choose safety and freedom from possible pain over the promise of pleasure!
However, what you will find is that if you do not take risks, you will never know true joy. Music is beautiful only because there is a contrast between major and minor chords; if everything were major, music would not have the sound and it would not move us the way it does. Love and life are the same; how can we know true beauty and happiness unless we have experienced sadness? Therefore, we must be prepared to take risks and we must be prepared for loss sometimes. Without risk, life is bland at best.
- What have you risked recently?
- Have you taken the chances you need to take in order to be truly fulfilled?
- If not, what are you waiting for?
Life is out there to be seized, not to be watched from the sidelines. Take a risk today and know the true excitement and joy that life has to offer!