Taking Risks Isn’t Always Bad

A short while ago, I posted about embracing failure. It’s an important lesson to learn because anyone who has ever done anything at all of value has failed at some point in their lives. Most have failed several times. No one ever succeeds the very first time they try something new.

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Taking risks is important for us to do in life, and yet most of us don’t ever accomplish much because we are too afraid of what might happen.

Don't be too timid and squemish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Wrong Kinds of Risks

Back when we went into foreclosure, I realized that much of what was going on was because we took the wrong risks. We took a risk that jobs will always be there, that pay will stay the same or increase, that life will always be as it is or better…

It ain’t necessarily so.

We played it safe. We did all the “right” things according to society and money management books. We got a mortgage for way less than we were approved. We budgeted. We weren’t lavish.

I remember my husband saying to me once, “If I would have known that, despite doing all the right things we’d still wind up in foreclosure and with constant pay cuts, I’d have taken some of the riskier risks that I wanted to take.”

Amen to that.

It may not seem like it, but let me tell you. Even going the “safe” route is a risk.

If you risk nothing then you risk everything. Geena Davis


Risks and Foolishness

I’m not talking about being foolish or reckless. Driving off a cliff hoping you land on all four wheels is a risk, but it’s also stupid because it’s all but guaranteed not to end well. This is not the kind of risk I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the kind of risk where you stop procrastinating on that one thing that is burning inside of you, that you want to do, that you feel called to do, that you long to do, but it scares the living tar out of you because you keep thinking, “But what if it fails?”

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. robert louis stevenson


At some point in our lives, hubby and I realized, “What if it fails?” can happen even if you live a boring life. You might as well answer the call deep in your soul.

Just a little food for thought.

Do one thing everyday that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt