I just completed reading Richard Branson’s autobiography “Losing my Virginity”. The owner of the virgin group and yes a man who took risks at every other time in his life and was never did he gave up. Yes this man has become my inspiration. He is my inspiration to get inspired and as well as to inspire you too. If you ever wanted to achieve something in your life then it’s about time to gear up and start taking risks. Who knows the odds might be better than you think and moreover a life fully lived is better than a life half lived.
Many times you might have heard from many people especially in their forties or beyond keep saying that if they could go over their lives again. They wished if they had spoken their heart out, did what they wanted, had taken risks and lived their lives to the fullest instead of settling down with what little they got. In short they wished if they could have been a bit courageous then lives would have been quite different. Often it happens that we know what we want to do with our lives but we are afraid to go beyond our comfort zone. We are skeptical that we might even lose what we have got. We are afraid and even most of the times we over estimate our potential losses to be more than our potential gains. Our thought often gets over exaggerated in this process about the consequences that we might face if everything goes wrong and with such negative thought we tend to under estimate our own abilities to handle the pressure of the risks we want to take.
Taking risk is definitely worth a shot but taking positive risks is more important. Gail McMeekin a recognized creativity and HR career coach says that “Unlike negative risks, which are typically impulsive and emotionally driven, positive risks are calculated”, “You must think them through and anticipate what could happen before you jump”. Positive risk taking as other things has its own sets of benefits. While taking risks unforeseen opportunities do come up. It builds up our confidence level and helps us to be different from others. It shows that we can lead up ourselves and don’t belong to the status quo. It is not always assured that since we are on the path or risk taking we will succeed always but certainly if we fail we will learn some lessons and pave ourselves a new path rather than getting disheartened with our failure. As Richard Branson says “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again”. Risk taking surely does help us to grow internally and become a better person than who we are now. The important thing a person does while taking risk is he has overcome the fear of failure. Risk taking should never be done haphazardly rather doing your homework well and following a proper plan is quite important. Risk taking also enables you to push yourself beyond your limits so that you can set new limits for yourself all time and come out of your comfort line. This not only helps you to achieve your high level goals but it also improves your outlook towards life. Taking risks can also make you a creative person because it will enable to improve your problem tackling skills as well as your pressure handling ability. This can be aptly understood be the amazing saying from Richard Branson himself “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – Every day I am learning something new”
“To be successful, you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running, and if you have a good team around you and more than a fair share of luck, you might make something happen. But you certainly can’t guarantee it just by following someone else’s formula” – Richard Branson. Taking risks clearly defines you what you want i.e. taking calculated risks with careful thought. Once you are used to taking risks you simply break free from the average way of living and thinking. Instead of always trying to play safe you will be strong willed to embrace any challenges and opportunities that comes your way. It will surely build up your self-confidence level and also your self-respect. Nothing is really guaranteed in life. While taking risks you need to have blind trust sometimes. At that point of time you need to trust your instincts. Your gut may be leading you on an unknown path but deep down you need to feel that something big is really coming your way and certainly they are pointing towards a brighter future that you can only create by taking bolder, more decisive and courageous actions because the truth is as Lao Tsu has written two thousand years ago, “You are capable of more than you think”. Be prepared to try anything at least once in your life and no matter if you fail in it, learn from it and grow out of it and again as Branson says “My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘oh god I have got to do this today’”.