It’s a funny thing how people want to be risk-takers… yet they crave the safety of being talented, of being accepted, of being right, and yet they don’t want the pressure of being expected to perform.
So how do you get to be successful without being a risk-taker?
You can’t have it both ways. A risk-taker has to face a few unknowns. It’s never going to be perfectly safe. But maybe it’s safer than you think.
There are no guarantees
You see, being the most talented doesn’t guarantee you will win, although you will be expected to. Being the most talented doesn’t guarantee outcome.
Winning doesn’t guarantee you will be truly accepted for who you are, although you will always have people around you wanting what you have. Winning doesn’t guarantee love.
Always proving you are right doesn’t guarantee respect.
However, there is a difference between being a risk-taker and a gambler.
Gamblers and risk-takers
A gambler regularly takes silly chances, goes against the odds in a dangerous way, and hopes that he will get lucky. That kind of risk rarely pays off, and never pays off consistently. He is constantly getting knocked off the ladder, and never makes any headway. He never changes and never learns and never grows, always looking for the next quick hit.
A risk-taker is someone who takes calculated risks. They are willing to take action despite a few uncertainties. To you the risk might seem huge, but because they’ve built up to that level of risk, they are good at risk assessment and know the odds are pretty good it will work out, and the chance of gain outweighs the risk of loss. They’ve grown from the lessons and learned from the mistakes and become better and stronger because of it. They keep climbing the ladder even though they will often slip back a few rungs before catching themselves to continue the climb.
Then of course there are those who dare not try at all, for fear of all the unimaginable terrors that might occur should things not work out…
Risk is relative
Risk is relative… to your skills, to what you’ve done in the past, to what the cost of failure is, to what your fears make something out to be.
A lot of things aren’t nearly as scary as we make them out to be, especially once we’ve been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. The unknown, the lack of control, is what scares us the most, and it keeps us from pursuing bigger dreams.
Yes, there is the question, “What if I fail?” But there is also the question — “What if I’m successful?”
What’s scarier to you? Trying and not making it all the way, or wondering “what if?” You see, trying is usually safer than not trying. There’s safety in knowing the answer to “what if?”
Brian Tracy often asks the question, “What would you do (that you aren’t doing now) if you knew you could not fail?” It’s a powerful question.
So, when you are afraid to take a risk, ask yourself first — “Do I really want this?”
If your answer is yes, then ask yourself — “What’s the worst possible thing that could happen if I fail? Could I recover from that?”
If your answer is yes again, then take a chance on success. It’s worth the risk.
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