Friday, January 2, 2015
Losing Sight of the Shore and Discovering New Oceans
Risk-taking is not all about impetuousness, because there is still a certain degree of assessment before taking the leap, so to speak. I have personally witnessed some people who are natural risk-takers, failed numerous times, got up and tried again.
They seem to have a knack for constantly pushing themselves to the limit and learning from failures - a sign of possessing mental fortitude and iron will. I have observed however, that risk-taking can also be quite catastrophic and some of these people find it difficult to recover from such a disastrous situation.
On the other side of the coin, there are those who would rather stay on the shore and would rather protect themselves from any unpredictable conditions that stormy seas could bring. Some of them do experience progress at a very slow rate, but with minimal risks. There is some truth in the proverb: "Look before you leap" and I suppose some circumstances warrants such passive measures.
It is not fair to judge any of these people who fall on either side of the coin, as both experiences have benefits and consequences. It's a matter of the proper combination of right timing, favorable circumstances and to a certain extent, luck.
Whether you are a person who is willing to lose sight of the shore and discover new oceans or you're simply a shore-dweller and less of an adventurer, it is up to you to make things work out and the consequences of your decisions rest on your shoulders alone.
It would probably be a good idea to have a balance of both, since we can find ourselves in situations that are worth taking risks for and there are others where the stakes are too high and losses will be great. It's best to stay away from the latter.
I, for one, am taking a huge risk and whether or not I will end up being a complete idiot - time will tell. All I know that this risk is worth pursuing and I just "feel" my way through indirect cues that I receive if in case direct ones are unavailable and seem vague. (hopefully it's accurate because implied cues can always go both ways)
What about you? What have you decided on lately or decisions that you are about to make? Risk or no risk - it's all good - it's all about perception and what works for you.