Too much safety is dangerous for your well being
Ernie Zelinski, 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting: How to Make Your Life More Enjoyable Day-by-Day
proclaimed American diplomat and writer Eleanor Roosevelt.
Her words are ones to ponder carefully. Security is one of those things most - if not all - people strive for all of their lives. The dark side of security, however, is that it is an illusion at best. Too much safety, in fact, is dangerous for your well- being. In more cases that you can ever imagine, the bigger risk is in not taking the risk.
As a matter of course we all have a tendency to grow comfortable with existing conditions- even those that do us absolutely no good (there are many forms of mental illness). For instance, in the workplace we end up tolerating dead-end jobs, professions we dislike, and companies that mistreat us. Of course, we resist making changes because we fear the unknown.
You yourself may have settled into a comfortable and predictable routine. There comes a time, however, when you have to find something that will stretch your talents more. You must have faith in yourself. When your instincts tempt you to take a risk on something that is not a life - and - death matter, then do so with confidence.
If you are dissatisfied with your career choice, the greatest risk may be in not leaving your job. Don't wait for the right time to quit. It's best to do it now because there is never a right time. There is a risk involved in most important decisions. A recent survey by the Royal Bank of Canada showed that successful entrepreneurs, who left their secure jobs to be on their own, believed taking chances made them stronger and wiser. Paradoxically, by taking the road with more risks, they achieved more security.
Of course, risk-taking can be dangerous for sensation- seekers. So don't be rash and risk losing everything you have. It's not intelligent to take extremely high or uncertain risks. Wise people take calculated risks. The key is to take smart risks instead of stupid ones. If you are fifty year old man, you stand a one in two hundred chance of dying in the next year. Since you may not be around in any event, why not take some calculated risks that may pay back big dividends in happiness and satisfaction?
Contrary to popular wisdom, the risk of taking action can be less than the risk of inaction.
Traveling on a risk- free road, unfortunately won't get you to any important destination. Unfavorable odds shouldn't keep you from pursuing what you know intuitively you were meant to do. Many people will criticize you for attempting those things that they wouldn't dare attempt themselves. Cowards, who would like you to remain a coward, should be ignored. There is a time you have to be courageous and dive into the unknown with the intention of swimming with what fate brings your way. Happiness and satisfaction will be much more forthcoming when you have the courage to pursue your convictions.
When your inner voice is telling you to take a risk, it's best to do so even though your rational mind may be telling you otherwise. Following the tried and proven path may appear the safest. In some ways it is. But blazing your own trail will bring you more adventure and satisfaction and leave tracks for others to see. Conversely, you won't leave any tracks following a trail that's heavily traveled by the masses.
If the path you have taken in life feels really safe, then likely it is not the right path. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't attempt more than the ones you did and at which you failed. The virtue of risk taking is emphasized in this old adage:
"Someone who tries to do something and fails is a lot better off than the person who tries to do nothing and succeeds."