Allow yourself to take risks

I was taught from a very young age to avoid risks.  I was informed of all the dangers out there and the possible consequences of each hazardous action.  For example, if I was running around the house, I could slip and fall.  If I did not look both ways before crossing the street, I could get hit by a car.  If I did not wear my seatbelt, I could end up badly injured or worse if I happen to get into an accident.  These concerns are valid, but could the constant reminder of risks have made me afraid of risks?  Could all the conditioning to stay safe have persuaded me to follow the safest path possible?

I am not saying we should take unnecessary risks, but I believe we need to allow ourselves to take risks.  Often, where great rewards exist, risk is nearby.  I have been thinking about risks more than usual lately because my father and I are about to embark on a new adventure.  It will require a great investment and the venture could be risky.  A previous version of myself would have opted out because it would be considered too risky.  My current version of myself wants to embark on this adventure because I am much more adventurous and would like to see the outcome.  If I put a stop to this now, I would not know the outcome.

Think about some risks you have or have not taken.  More often than not, risks typically are followed by good.  There are times when this is not the case, but it is more often than not that something good comes out of it.  With this being said, you need to make sure you are mitigating your risks.  Do not just jump into a project with high risk and little reward.  Make sure the rewards are great enough for the amount of risk you are going to take.  Don’t hesitate too much and start taking more risks.  Also, only risk what you are okay with losing.  For example, if you are not okay with losing $5,000 at a casino, then you should probably not gamble $5,000 at a casino.  If you are okay with losing $25 at the casino, then you can gamble with $25.  I personally do not think gambling is a good investment.

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