“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot
Are you the risk-averse or the risk-inviting type? Neither is good or bad, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Each carries its own pitfalls and opportunities, and each can move you forward in life.
You’ve heard the phrase “big risk, big reward,” and there are numerous examples showing that if you want to win big or be really successful you’ve got to also put a lot at stake. Gambling, the stock market, professional athletics, and just about any occupation carries that same inherent system.
The other side to that, though, is “big risk, big failure.” This is what makes the analytical types shy away from the risky ventures…they’re not safe. It doesn’t make sense to them that someone would risk so much for a “possible” gain, not even a definite gain! I admire these types of people because they’re even keeled and have slow steady growth throughout their lifetime.
All of that said; let’s get back to the quote: “only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Those who do not push themselves to (or past) their own limitations will never get to see what they are actually capable of.
My decision to up and move to Latin America is not about me pushing myself to my limits, but me actually going and living there is. I’m worried about not being able to communicate with anyone on a daily basis (because I don’t speak the language), but I know that will pass as I learn Spanish. Living with a family that I’ve never met, or even communicated with, will challenge me in ways that I’ve never imagined. It’s exciting, and scary, and awesome all at the same time. Who knows what will happen, but I know it’s important that I put myself out there and see just how far I can go. Know what I mean?
How about you? Are you holding yourself back from doing anything? Why? Are you putting yourself out there? If not, why not? If you care to share in the comments section below, PLEASE DO!