“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
We all yearn for more out of life. While many people only dream of a better life, a handful of us are da ring enough to take the leap of faith and experiment with our own lives. Regardless if it’s going back to school to pursue a different career, or owning your own business, we realize that life is too short to play it safe doing something you don’t enjoy. Instead of leading a dull and unhappy mediocre life, we’ve decided to turn our lives into a daring adventure filled with unbounded experiments. Experiments that’ll not only assist with teaching us valuable lessons along the way but also help to define our destiny and shape our lives.
For those of you who are still timid, here are a few reasons that may help to shift your paradigm to the positive aspects of risk-taking and how it could lead to success:
New Challenges & Opportunities
As we’re aware, taking risks in life will help to open up new challenges and opportunities that would’ve not been present if you didn’t take those risks. Not only would it push you to learn new skills but also prepare you for any unforeseen opportunities that may arise.
When people take on new challenges and opportunities, it helps to eradicate previous misconceptions of what they’re capable of. By doing so, you could establish new boundaries that were once considered outside your comfort zone. In addition, it’ll also help to improve your outlook on life because you’re more confident and empowered with the additional knowledge and experience gained. This in turn, would help you achieve larger goals in life and you’ll soon realize that anything is achievable once you focus and work for what you want.
Taking risks in life will also assist with creativity. When people are willing to go out on a limb to fully pursue a passion or goal, it’s inevitable that your natural problem-solving skills kick in and you’ll begin doing what you can to accomplish your goals. Rather than making excuses, you’ll become more resourceful even in the midst of limited resources and are willing to try something new to see if it works.
You’ll soon recognize that the more risks you take in life, the less likely you’ll be afraid to try something new in the future because you’ve basically overcome your fear of failure. Because not every step in life could be carefully planned, it’s vital that you have the courage to venture out into new territory in an effort to achieve your dreams.
Through risk-taking, you’ll also learn valuable lessons that’ll help you improve personally and professionally. Not only would you be able to clearly define what you really want in life through these experiments but also learn from any mistakes or failures along the way.
Overall, risk-taking can be an unnerving experience, especially in today’s uncertain economic times. To help alleviate some of the concerns, it’s crucial that you put in the necessary work to conduct adequate research prior to taking the plunge on any risk(s). Remember, risk-taking doesn’t have to be a haphazard and unpredictable as long as you do the research and homework to minimize the risks involved.
Albert Einstein wisely stated that “a ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” Although it’s much easier to play it safe, you must realize that we were all designed to achieve greatness.
So raise your anchor and set your sails to your dream destination today because life is too short to play it safe!