Do you ever find yourself wishing you had the same invincible feeling you had as a teenager? Teens don’t fear consequence, teens take risks and teens don’t lie awake at night worrying about what to do with the money they made from their summer job or how to pay for their car. They just live life.
I’m not saying we should all suddenly become reckless teenagers but there is a difference between being reckless and taking risks. Risks are what get you the big payoff, risks are what allow you to live the life of your dreams and sometimes risks are what actually allow you to sleep at night.
Take a good hard look at what you want out of life. Are you living the life you want? What would you do if you could do anything? Would you go back to school? Would you find a new career path? Would you live more simply? Sometimes taking risks aren’t as scary as they seem.
If you knew you’d be a success what risk would you take today? How could that risk potentially payoff? Write this down on a piece of paper.
Now consider what’s the worst that can happen if you fail? Would you have to sell your home and downsize? Would you have to sell your car and get a more practical one? Would you have to go back to the stable job you despise? Write this down on a piece of paper.
Is the risk worth the reward? When you look at ‘what’s the worst that can happen’ scenarios, sometimes you realize that the risk is worth it! Would it really be THAT bad to warrant NOT taking the risk? Why have you waited so long? Tell yourself that failure is NOT an option, believe in yourself and others will believe in you.
I took a risk when I quit my stable job to start a company that only paid me when I contracted with clients to use my service. I no longer had guaranteed income, I no longer had benefits and I no longer had stability. But it was all worth it! Today, my company continues to thrive and I continue to think outside the box and take risks for even further growth.
I have watched some of the most successful business people try things and fail. But the failure is a lesson learned. They use the failure to tweak and hone the next risk. They know they’ll be successful and they just have to try again.
For me, taking a risk and starting my own company has become an adventure. I am having so much fun and I sleep better at night knowing that I am truly living my dream. Whats your dream?