Imagine if nobody ever took risks - where would we be in life?
- if Thomas Edison never invented the light bulb
- if Alexander Bell never invented the telephone
- if John Logie Bear never invented the television
- if Martin Cooper never invented the cell phone
and the list goes on.
Anything from starting a new relationship to starting a new business involves risk. Risk takes us out of our comfort zone, challenges us, stretches us.
Nothing great was ever accomplished that didn't require someone to put themselves 'out there', exposing themselves to ridicule, isolation, and being misunderstood.
William Arthur Ward sums it up beautifully in his poem about risk:
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he can not learn, feel, change, grow or live
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited his freedom
Only a person who risks is free
I hope you enjoyed this poem - and maybe you felt challenged to push your bounderies and step out of your comfort zone to try something new.
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