If you’ve ever watched a video about the lifestyle of successful people, one thing is sure to pop up. They take risks. The risk taking lifestyle has existed for ages. Everyone who has become successful or famous for doing something groundbreaking has had to take a risk at some point. Often called a leap of faith, it is said that entrepreneurs dive off a cliff and they build a parachute on the way down.
Sounds exhilarating, but it’s easier said than done. Even in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, there are 6 basic fears that most people have. One of them is the fear of failure. This fear of failure is further amplified by the fear of taking risks. There’s one simple thing to always keep in mind.
Without risk, there is no reward.
Many people remain where they are today stuck in an unhappy relationship, a horrible job or even in college, studying a course they don’t want to. Why? Because they are afraid to make the jump. It’s a simple theory. You can’t eat your cake and have it. The rewards only come to those who chase it. I’ll definitely write on the subject of fear sometime later. If you’re reading this and you’re always scared of doing things, you need a change of heart.
Like everything else it has to be intentional. It doesn’t happen in one day. People who fail to take risks often have regrets later on in life. Whenever the fear of risk taking sets in, ask yourself this:
- What’s the worst that can happen?
- What do I stand to gain?
- What do I stand to lose?
- Why am I really afraid? Is it because of other people’s opinions or me?
- How will I feel about this decision in a few years?
Often times, people abstain from taking risks because they expect too much from that one opportunity. They want it to be the one that changes their lives forever. How can you tell? Treat opportunities like they could go either way. Not “hope for the best but expect the worst”. That’s a very weird saying, because anything you expect will happen to you by the Law of Attraction.
Don’t expect failure. Work like it’s your only shot but don’t be devastated when it crashes. It was just another opportunity. It is not your destiny.
Don’t remain the same fearful person you were yesterday. Take new risks everyday. If it’s uncomfortable, you’re probably doing it right. The life you want is out of your comfort zone. I took a risk and started a blog in the middle of the semester in Medical school. I didn’t have many readers and I felt very disappointed. However, blogging got me my first client in virtual assistance and now, enough income to pay my rent. Most importantly, it made me start my first business and now I’m gaining experience.
Everything you want is on the other side of fear
Even though, a risk may not yield expected results, it may open doors to new opportunities which could take you to places you never dreamed of. Take a risk today. You don’t know where it might take you.
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