Whether it’s deciding to move somewhere you’ve never been or applying for a job you don’t know you’ll get – taking a risk is terrifying, but more often than not, it pays off. There will always be a chance things will not work out, but we need to weigh that against the possible rewards.
When I was little, my mom and dad took a risk to come to America – a place they knew almost nothing about nor did they have a comfortable knowledge of the language, area, or customs. But because of their risk, I have opportunities that may have only been a dream if I had stayed in India.
I am thankful for their decisions and sacrifices every day. And it taught me an important lesson – you will never grow if you’re always comfortable. If you always apply for that job you know you can get or do not allow yourself the chance to fail, you won’t be able to grow as a person.
Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky said, “You regret 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” It applies to life as much as it does to hockey. The future is terrifying to everyone – I cannot imagine leaving school, getting a real job, and living on my own. When I was in highschool, I couldn’t imagine leaving home and going to college.
But life is about taking calculated risks. No, you shouldn’t blow your life savings in Vegas and quote Gretzky. But when the possibility of the reward outweighs the negatives of taking the risk, don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from being the best you can be.
There is no possibility of feeling true authentic happiness if you don’t allow yourself the chance of getting hurt. So apply for the job that might lead to rejection, go on the backpacking trip to Asia even though you’ve lived in the same small town your entire life, and start that book you’ve always been dreaming of writing.
Seek discomfort. Yes, it may be terrible and you may realize you made a mistake. But at least you tried. At least you learned something from the experience. Don’t be the one holding yourself back.
When you put yourself in a position of uncertainty, it allows for the possibility of greatness. If you only shoot for the thing that is tried and true, there will be no room for growth. No room for you to be better than your wildest imagination.
Take that leap of faith in yourself and trust that you can accomplish what you set your mind to. Don’t sell yourself short and give yourself all the opportunities you possibly can.
You will never know what you are capable of until you try.
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