On Taking Risks

I came across this poem the other day and it got me thinking about risks.

Come to the Edge.

No, we will fall.

Come to the edge.

No, we will fall.

They came to the edge.

He pushed them and they flew.

by French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire


The poem reminded me of baby eagles where their parents nudge them off cliffs to force them to spread their wings and unleash their flying prowess.

Risks are an essential part of our existence. If people did not risk and make mistakes in the process, we would still be living in prehistoric civilization.

To risk is to live. To avoid risk means to avoid to live. You are simply existing. But in risking, you become alive.

I’m sure you are familiar with the line, No guts, No glory. 

Of course, I’m only talking about taking risks that can have benefits, where something can come out out of it.

Vices like smoking, is not taking risk. It’s just plain stupidity.

A lot of us get stuck in our comfort zone. We like being comfortable. We can blame our lizard brain for this.

We need to defeat the lizard brain so that we can take good risks and live once again.

I have taken many risks in my life. Some had good results, others did not materialize but on hindsight, i never regretted taking those risks.

Looking back, what I regretted was not taking enough risks. I wish I was more bolder, more courageous.

Srinivas encourages us to take small risks daily.

How about you? Are you a risk taker? What was the most risky thing you have done in your life?

Always remember this quote: Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What’s your word — Hassle or Hustle?

Jeff Goins, in one of his newsletter entries (you have to subscribe to get exclusive content), said that there are two keys to success : Passion and Hustle.

Get those two right and you’re bound to be successful.

Passion is doing what you love. It is what excites you when you wake up.

I think I have already personally sorted my passions so let me focus on the hustle part in this post.

The other part is hustle. Another word for hustle is practice. Giving your best work in your craft. Being a real artist.

Malcolm Gladwell said we need around 10,000 hours to master our craft. Are you near that 10,000 mark already?

One of my favorite quotes has been from Steve Jobs.

Real Artists Ship! ~ Steve Jobs

What Steve meant was you create and produce your craft, whatever it may be.

Your passion might be business, or cooking, or singing. Whatever it is, you let your gift unfold and serve the world with it.

You simply deliver. Just like FedEx.

If you’re a writer or blogger, are you producing epic shit or just shit?

Do you write regularly? Do you update your blog regularly?

Or do you procrastinate and let your Lizard Brain prevent the artist in you to unfold?

I’ve succumbed to my Lizard Brain so often I can’t count the times already. Instead of Hustling, we label our tasks as hassle. We give excuses. You and I say, “That’s such a hassle”. We forget to hustle.

And with that, there goes our chance for success.

But we must continue to fight against this resistance from our lizard brains.

Seth Godin in one of his talks masterfully describes our purpose:

What you do for a living is not be creative, What you do is ship! ~Seth Godin

Are you going to ship?

What word will define you? Hassle or Hustle?


Your thoughts below :)

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