Friday, December 19, 2008
Look, nobody died!
A long time ago I heard a quote, "Nothing ventured gained." That was the first insight I remember regarding risk taking.
Another quote that came later was "Behold the turtle, he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
These thoughts helped me become a risk taker, but I find as a teacher and nurturer that others are not so easily persuaded. So I've found two supplemental insights that often turn reluctant risk-takers into habitual risk-takers.
The first supplemental quote is "Look. Nobody died!"
The second is similar, "Look, the Universe as we know it didn't end!"
The reluctant and timid often overestimate the impact of their mistakes. They almost think that someone will die if they goof up. And by their logic, if carried to its natural conclusion,life on Earth as we know it might cease!
But we aren't really that important.
So, take the reasonable risk. Probably no one will notice or care. (Regardless of the outcome.) No one will die. The Universe will continue. Give yourself permission to stick your neck out!
(I shared some of these thoughts with my wife, and her contrary response was, "Well, no one has died YET!)