Most people don’t like risk, they would rather have certainty. The problem with that is that they will wake up one day and realize that nothing has changed and that they have never gained anything. If you think about it, the only way to gain anything is to take a risk. You could risk being rejected for a position, you can risk losing money, and you can even risk a friendship with a friend of the opposite sex that you like. But just think of all the alternatives, you can get that position, you can make money or you can find out that the feeling is mutual with your friend and live happily ever after.
Think of the worst case scenario, you get rejected for a position that you really wanted but that doesn’t matter since positions come and go and another one will come along just as quickly as this one did. On top of that you feel good about trying and then learn something from the experience. Peter Kash would thank every single person that rejected him because he knew that every “No” he received brought him one step closer to an eventual “Yes”. You can even ask why you were rejected and learn how you can improve yourself for the next position that comes along.
In terms of the money, when you are risking, always make sure that it is an educated risk. Don’t just gamble your money away at a casino, do some research and know what you are investing in. Then you will be able to make an educated decision and if you lose, you will learn a lesson that will bring you closer to making a winning investment. Most people get scared off by any loss which paralyzes them financially and they never take a risk again. If you look at any self made millionaire out there, you will see that they lost money on numerous occasions but what made them their money was their continuing to take risks and not giving up after a loss.
Losing a good friend is really tough but can you imagine living the rest of your life as friends with someone you feel so much more for? I think the bigger risk is not telling your friend your feelings.
Now look at the best case scenario. You get the position you wanted, you make a ton of money and you get the guy or girl of your dreams to spend the rest of your life with. Each of these risks can end up paying you dividends for life and take you in a whole new direction.
Now tell me, what is the real risk? Going for it or just letting the opportunity fade away? Leave me a comment if you’ve been in a similar situation where you were faced with a potentially life altering decision.
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I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".