What is it to take a risk? The dictionary says it is “to expose oneself to the chance of loss.” Another piece of literature I was once given (author unknown) suggests that: to laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. You see, the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing. Only a person who risks is free.
Take a chance and don’t worry about falling, because you’re going to fall, probably quite often. Falling is an important part of learning. Many of the greatest lessons you’ll receive in life are going to come from falling, from your failures. Failing will never make you a failure unless you quit. There is a four letter word that will keep you paralyzed from attempting anything worthwhile and that word is can’t. Can’t switches your mind into a negative frequency. It will close your mind to a never ending flow of logical, practical reasons which will enable you to justify why you are not able to do something you sincerely want to accomplish. Henry Ford said “If you think you can’t your right. If you think you can you are right too.”
If you dream of living your life in a really big way, you must accept risk taking as a very real part of how you must serve. If you hope to accumulate great wealth or achieve high goals, the first few steps contain the highest degree of risks. You must turn your back on safety and security and take those steps. To make it big, you must take big risks. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” So move into freedom, it will be the best decision you will ever make.