According to Mark Twain,
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Do you think life would be fun if we fail to take risks? Explore?
I guess you know about this legendary story. The story about how all the mice met together in a council to discuss the best way to track down a cat that has been disturbing them.
After much deliberations, one mouse stood up suggested that they tie a bell around the neck of the cat so that when the cat is approaching, the tinkling of the bell will warn them of it’s approch.
Other mice agreed and then the question came up, WHO IS GOING TO BELL THE CAT?
Suddenly, there was an absolute silence. No rat present could muster the courage to go bell the cat. They were all scared. Sadly, no rat was willing to take the risk.
You see, that’s one of the problems we are facing. So many of us are scared of taking risks. How will you succeed if you don’t take risks?
Start up that business that has been giving you sleepless nights.
Contest for that political position; you might win, you might lose.
Write that book
Record that music you so much want to record.
It is not enough to dream, you must try to put that dream into action.
Take that risk.
If you fail, you will simply learn your lessons and move on.
You remember Thomas Edison? One of the greatest American Inventor known for producing the light bulb. According to him, he tried 100 times, and failed. But on the 101th time, he finally got what he wanted. All he said was all those times he failed, he was simply learning new ways to produce the light bulb.
Don’t worry about the mistakes or failures. Don’t be afraid of taking that action you consider risky. Have you forgotten? No venture, no success!
To fail to risk is to risk failing.
Be like Michael Jordan who said, I can accept failure. Everybody fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Fear is an illusion.
Forget that fear, go bell the cat!