We’ve all heard the saying “You’ve got to break eggs if you want an omelette.”
The idea behind this statement is among the reasons why taking risks is so vitally important to achieving success. Think about it, if you don’t accept the risk of losing, you can never have the reward of winning. It is the risk that gives you the chance to come out on top. When you really understand this, you can easily see that risk-taking is a positive and beneficial behaviour that allows success to develop in both life and business.
Why do we take risks?
We often take risks in order to gain a very specific benefit. You do X in order to get Y.
However, there are times when that specific benefit is eclipsed by other positive results that were completely unexpected. When you take risks, your actions cause you to be placed in situations that are out of your comfort zone. Because of this, the reward of being in that situation is not run of the mill or ordinary. One risk taken for a specific benefit can easily lead to unexpected opportunities which provide benefits that are out of this world.
One of the main benefits of taking risks is that you get better at taking risks. It doesn’t seem logical, but taking risks leads to taking more risks. That said, taking positive risks allows you to develop the ability to be able to judge the future risk. In other words, you get better at estimating the odds for success the more that you take risks.
Oscar Wilde once said that experience is the name that we give to our mistakes. The point here is that without mistakes or failure there can be no experiences that promote learning or growth. In a strange way, you need to first fail before you can truly succeed. This means that if you don’t take risks, you can’t fail.
Without failure, you are not guaranteed success. You only make your overall failure virtually guaranteed. Without risk, you will stay where you are and that is the ultimate failure.
Have you ever been afraid to take a risk?
One of the best ways to become more daring is to shoot for the moon…
Because you actually have a better chance of succeeding when you compete for something where you’re totally outclassed.
You stand a better chance of succeeding when you try for a goal that’s so outrageous that you’re certain you stand no chance.
You know why?
Because most people are so afraid of risk and failing that they never even try for the biggest rewards. That means if you do try, you’re going to have a lot less competition.
This means your chances of succeeding are better for the big prizes in life than if you tried competing for the mediocre ones along with everyone else.
Success Must Be Pursued
If you want to succeed, you have to work to achieve the goals that make up any positive outcome. No matter what success means to you, it can’t be achieved by sitting back and waiting for it to happen. It will not simply drop into your lap. You need to have a real fire in your belly in order to succeed. This means that you will have to take risks in order to accomplish what you want to accomplish and reap the rewards of those accomplishments.
Think about it this way,
Risk itself is a bloodhound. Risk pursues success. Risk points the way to success. It shows you the direction that you want to go. Without risk, you can lose the path that leads you to your goals.
Taking Risk Changes You
When it comes down to it, fear is the number one thing that kills all chance of success. Oftentimes, this fear is not a fear of failing (although for many people, that is an issue as well). Instead, the fear that holds many people back is actually a fear of success.
Now, being afraid of success seems totally illogical. After all, isn’t achieving success supposed to bring happiness?
However, no matter how illogical it may seem, fear of success is a real thing simply because success brings about change. Change is what many people really fear.
There is no need for this fear. Change is good. It opens windows in your life and airs things out. It gives you a new perspective.
By taking risks, you bring about this necessary change. When you take a risk, you see that incremental and positive changes in how you act and feel are not frightening.
Quite the opposite, they are there to be embraced.