As a pastor, motivator, and entrepreneur, I encourage people to take risks, because risk taking is necessary to create momentum and get ahead in your game. This means that at some point failure is necessary - it's part of the learning process. But people are afraid to fail, so they stay in their safety zones.
"Ships are safe in the harbour, but that's not what ships are for."
I encourage people to fail. To fail is different from being a loser. Being a loser is an attitude. Millionaires fail many times in their pursuit of success. But a bankrupt millionaire never sees himself as a loser. He just knows one more way not to run a business, and with his hard-earned experience he knows his chances are greater for the next great enterprise. Education is never free. And if you boldly go where no man has gone before, failure may well be the price of your education.
There are positive advantages of risk taking. It creates momentum in your life and opens doors of opportunity that otherwise would never happen. Many people avoid taking risks for fear of failing, but that is their real failure - not taking a risk for fear of failing. Because:
"The degree to which you insulate yourself from risk
is the degree to which you insulate yourself from success."
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt
So… what risks have you been taking lately? Is your place with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat?
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”
- Mary Anne Radmacher
"It may be that the Lord is with us." Do whatever is on your heart.
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