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Aha Moment Monday

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There’s a time to play it safe and there’s a time to take a risk

Risk-taking can be, well, risky business.

But think about it. If no decision is a decision then isn’t not taking a risk, taking a risk?

You might think you’re creating vulnerability by risking change but perhaps by not changing, you may be risking being left behind!

It is accepted to say that “safe” is the opposite of “risk” but by playing it safe, what are you risking?

My dad always said, “Idle hands make an idle mind”. In other words if you’re not experiencing you’re not advancing.

And since there is no such living being that’s static – you’re either growing or dying – by playing it safe, you’re actually shutting down.

Aha – “Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking”. ~Tim McMahon

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are for. ~John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic

What’s the inhibitor? “The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

The truth is, “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

So, “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” ~Frank Scully

Seriously, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a wild goose chase; after all, that’s what wild geese are for!”

Finally, “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself”. ~Søren Kierkegaard

Life is worth the risk.

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