Life is a gamble. If you don’t place your bets, then you don’t stand a chance to win. You need to constantly place bets on various aspects of your life such as your finances through investing, your relationships through loving someone, your creativity through working on your art, your career through applying for that job, scholarship or starting a new business. Whether you are afraid or not, the only way to win at life as we’ve learnt from ultra successful people is to constantly take risks.
What does taking risks mean?
Taking risks means taking action on activities that might bring you undesirable results. It also means taking action while disregarding the possibility of a dangerous outcome or result. Have you ever done something and you were unsure what the outcome of the activity would bring? This could be anything; for example, you took up a job or project and you were not sure you would succeed or stood up for yourself and were unsure of the end results. If yes, then you have experienced a moment of taking a risk.
Taking risks is also known as taking chances. Whether you consider yourself a chance taker or a risk-averse person, the fact that you are here and living, you are a risk taker.
Absolutely everything that you do in life involves taking risks. Everything. We take risks every day of our lives without realizing it. You wake up and prepare your morning coffee which could lead to death from electric shock or being burnt by the water. In fact, the very fact that you went to bed the previous night means that you took a risk. You could die in your sleep for various reasons. Everything you do in life has a degree of risk tied to it. What this means is that each and every one of us is a risk taker. However, some people are bigger risk takers than others. This makes a big difference in how each of our lives unfolds.
When you decide to take up a risky activity, most of the time, you are never sure of the degree of the outcome. However, some people especially entrepreneurs argue that it is important to take up calculated risks. Calculated risks are acceptable. Acceptable risks are risks that can be tolerated by you as an individual, family, society, group or country. This concept came up due to the fact that it is not possible to have one hundred per cent safety. Therefore, it is important to learn to take acceptable risks to avoid irreversible disasters.
Taking risks in life
As agreed, each and every one of us is a risk taker. There is always a chance that you won’t be successful in everything you do. That’s life. It is however important for you to learn which risks to take and which ones to avoid – Your life is a combination of all your choices.
Here is a list of risks in life you should work towards taking if you haven’t already!
You have probably already been fed with the wrong illusion that being vulnerable means being weak. This myth has mostly been sold to men. This is a lie! Being vulnerable is a sign of strength. The only way to build strong relationships with your loved ones is by opening up to them and expressing your deepest feelings. Take the risk of opening up and show your true self. This will lead to building trust within the relationship. Trust builds love 😉
Admitting that you don’t know.
Risk admitting that you do not understand everything. Let’s face it; you do not know everything. Nobody does. By admitting that you do not know everything, people around you will see that you are authentic. This makes people to willingly want to teach you stuff as it is common knowledge that people love sharing what they know. Go ahead and risk admitting that you don’t know. Ask a question, that is how to learn and grow!
The biggest prison that you and every one of us lives in is the prison of being scared about what other people think! Unfortunately, people are always judging you! You are always also judging people anyway. The best solution, risk being judged! Get out of your comfort zone and let people judge you. Those who matter to you don’t care about your weaknesses. They love you with all your flaws.
Asking for help
Have you ever been stuck in life and you were afraid of asking for help from people? Well, this is your cue to go ahead and risk it! What is the worst that could happen? Being told ‘No’ is the worst that could possibly happen. Most times, however, people will help. A lot of people are willing and loving. Go ahead and get over your fear.
Not being the best
You have judged yourself on this enough already. You have told yourself that you are not good enough several times. This is due to the fear of failure in you. Go out there and prove whether you are good enough. If you are not, you will learn. Better still, you will have overcome fear.
Being the first to say ‘I love you’
This is a common fear among people. Most people fear not saying it first because they fear not being told they are loved back. What’s interesting is that the person you are thinking about right now is also experiencing the same fear right now. Go ahead, risk it! Say it! The beauty of being the first is that if the person does not say it back, you will know where things stand between the two of you. This will help you to move on anyway!
Quotes on taking risks
- The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks-Mark Zuckerberg
- He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life-Muhammad Ali
- Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience-Paulo Coelho
- Life is too short to be scared and not take risks. I’d rather be the person that’s like ‘I messed up,’ than, ‘I wish I did that.’-Justine Skye
- You can’t get anywhere in life without taking risks-Esme Bianco
The joy of taking risks
Everyone you admire in life for having achieved great things got there because they pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and took risks. Risk takers inspire people just like you aspire to. They challenge the status quo just like you should be doing. They change the world! It’s your time to do the same!