Take A Risk

In life, there are no two safe places or risk-free activities. Helen Keller, author, speaker, and advocate for disabled persons, asserted, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Everything in life brings risk. It’s true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don’t try anything new. G.K. Chesterton wrote, “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically, the more you risk failure-and actually fail-the greater your chances of success.

-John C. Maxwell


It is natural for us to fear. Fear is part of what keeps us safe and what has allowed our species along with every other species to live on long enough to reproduce. Fear is what stops you as a child from going forward into perceived danger from our spatial reasoning. And so, fear is normal….fear is good. But how much fear? To be overwhelmed by fear and let it rule you leaves you stagnant, afraid to do anything and not willing to take risks. Risks are an important part of life.What most don’t realize is that every moment of your life is already a risk. Your body is constantly at risk for disease and mutation and malfunction. Every action you take risks irrevocably impacting you or someone else in the world whether they be at your side or on the other side of the planet. Risk is already a part of life. It is a part of your life at this very moment.

What you have to ask yourself before taking a conscious risk is this, is the profit worth the risk? For example, in a movie that came out not too long ago titled “The Walk” the protagonist walks the distance between the Twin Towers on a high wire shortly after their construction. This movie is based on the true story of Philippe Petit, the man who on August 6, 1974 walked that distance.  Petit opens the movie by saying, “Why do you risk death? For me, this is life.” For some the risk of even death is worth the possible outcome. Petit said, “My dream is to be the most glorious wire walker in history.” In order to accomplish that dream, this artist risked everything. So the question to ask yourself is this, how far are you willing to go, what are you willing to risk in order to achieve your dreams?

One thought on “Take A Risk

  1. Interesting post. Most people don’t realize that fear can be good, in a small doses though. You shouldn’t let fear govern your every move, but that doesn’t mean to go and jump out of every skyscraper you encounter. – You miss every single shot you don’t take-. PS. Great pictures. What would I attempt to do if I knew I couldn’t fail? Open up a business and travel the world.

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