Taking Risks … Are You Scared Riskless?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Chances are, this tiger can’t take down an elephant by itself. And the chances are, he’s going to get shot in the process. But if he can pull this off, everybody with stripes is gonna be eating real good for quite a while.
That’s risk. Plain and simple.
There are all different kinds of risk. There’s reckless abandon, calculated risk, there’s rolling the dice and betting the farm. There’s taking a chance and knowing you’re going to lose. There’s taking a chance and knowing you can’t.
Most of the risks that manage to stare us down are pretty small. There’s not much to lose and a lot to gain, but we still can’t take the risk because of perspective. We believe we’re going to lose a lot more than we will. The truth is, almost anything you can imagine, but can’t do, has been done by someone else who took the risk and made it happen.
And every risk you take, no matter how small, no matter whether you win or lose, teaches you that. Here’s an old ad I clipped out of Rolling Stone a long time ago:
Too often we are scared.
Scared of what people might think if we tried.
We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes.
We say no when we want to say yes.
We sit quietly when we want to scream.
And we shout with the others,
when we should keep our mouths shut.
we do only go around once.
There’s really no time to be afraid.
Try something you’ve never tried.
Enter a triathalon.
Write a letter to the editor.
Demand a raise.
Call winners at the toughest court.
Throw away your television.
Bicycle across the country.
Speak out against the designated hitter.
Travel to a country where you don’t speak the language.
You have nothing to lose
everything to gain.
Go on. Get out of here. Go take a risk. And I’ll promise you one thing …
Maybe you won’t pull it off. But if you do, everybody with stripes is gonna be eating real good for quite a while.