Risk is All Part of Living and Experiencing Success in Life

Success in life always involves risk

Living a successful life always involves risk. The great author and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia was once quoted as saying, “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Those words words of wisdom are very true.

Living the life we were meant to live demands a willingness to take chances, step out in faith, and expand our boundaries. There are no guarantees our actions will always result in success. By taking no action, our chances of success are zero.Many great people throughout history  took risks and faced the possibility of criticism and failure.

Think of how different our world would be without the ability to get in an airplane and fly to another city. Back in 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers from Dayton Ohio, took a risk by inventing the first airplane. They were visionaries. They knew their dreams of air flight had the potential to change the world. In 1903, nobody had ever seen an airplane transport anyone. There must have been many skeptics and “do nothing non-dreamers” that thought the two brothers were crazy! Regardless of the possibilities of failure and criticism, Wilbur and Orville took a risk, and the rest is history. Their invention literally changed the world. This makes me think of a quote by the late great Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Risk takers change the world

Think about some of the great people throughout history that changed the world. I wonder how different life would be if they hadn’t taken a chance. We wouldn’t have the telephone without   Alexander Graham Bell’s willingness to risk facing ridicule and failure. Consider the technology breakthroughs within the last 35 years, coming from people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Computers and smart phones wouldn’t exist if Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had not taken a risk.

How many  life changing ideas and inventions have yet to be developed because someone in the world is afraid to take a risk? Anything that has ever changed anyone’s life for the better and made a difference in the world started out as a dream. Even the greatest of dreams will remain only a dream unless we are willing to step out and take a risk. The author Dennis Waitley once said, “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”

Personal growth requires risk

Personal growth  involves taking a chance and taking a risk. To find love, you have to risk the possibility of rejection. Finding a career requires applying for a job and risking being denied the position. If we see a friend or family member making a terrible mistake what should we do? Should we turn a blind eye, bite our lip, and refuse to give them wise counsel because we fear rejection?

Every action in life that has life changing potential involves taking a risk. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Sail away from the dock of fear

I love the comparison Mark Twain made to life being like ships. To become successful and make a positive difference in the world around you, you have must take Twain’s advice. Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. In sailing away from the shores and harbors of your comfort zones, you are taking a risk. Only by stepping out in faith and taking a risk can your life change. And, growth through change empowers you to make a difference in the world around you. Our lives are like ships. We can be bold, chase our dreams, and take a risk, or we can remain tied to the dock of our fears. Ships are safe in the harbor, but that isn’t what ships are for.


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