By Mary Hill "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." Today's suggested prompt on Blogher is about risk taking. "Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?" I do believe this statement. You only have to look at history to see how true this saying is....more
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” -Leo F. Buscaglia Well, well, here is March, and the NaBloPoMo theme of Risk is simply irresistable.You are welcome for the earworm....more
I’m a stickler for stability. I’ve always wanted to be more of a risk taker, a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person, but it’s just not in my DNA. A part of me is envious of people who are, but another part of me is glad I’ve spent years building a cushion on which to fall if I need it. I went straight to work in a suit and heels after college, while many of my fellow graduates took time off to travel or “find themselves”. I sort of wish I had taken a year to goof off, pay my rent with bartending tips, and keep my responsibilities to a minimum....more
Today I took a risk and it scared the crap out of me.
For the most part, I don’t consider myself much of a risk taker. I’m a methodical planner. I hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. But the reality is we can be as prepared as possible, and it doesn’t mean a thing. ANYTHING can happen. There are no guarantees. There is no 100%.
I used to let fear of rejection rule my destiny. I was caught in a paralyzing cycle of wanting, dreaming, and preparing, followed by never taking action, and then always wondering “what if.” It’s depressing, and nothing ever happens.
The setting? Summer, 1970 in rural America. Between the influence of several Looney Tunes scenes, Mary Poppins and some cockamamie scheming, my brother and I devised a childhood plan.We would gather a bed sheet and an umbrella, climb to the top of the chicken house, leap off the roof and float down to the ground with the aid of our "flight tool" of choice.We both ended up with similar injuries....more
If you had no limitations and no fear of failure, what would you do? What if your dream career slapped you in the face? Would you be ready for it? Doing what it is that truly pulls at your heart and getting paid for it is nothing more than a "dream" for many. What if that wasn't the case? Having the POWER to follow your aspirations into a full-fledged career IS possible. But, all is lost if you do not take action......
As I write, I think of the many times in my life when I was told "you can't do that" or "you'll never make it". T...more
In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I have begun to sketch again. This seems to be the result of my reintegrating my dancer self into my creative life's matrix, if you will.
As soon as I started to dance again, other things were immediately popping up, including this desire to sketch -- and the disappearance of my angst about it, which is the larger gift, I think.
In business, as in other of life’s arenas, women tend to be more risk-averse than men. I think we come by this trait honestly. When you’re responsible for carrying, delivering and nurturing the future of your species, you need to be a little cautious, right?
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