On Taking Risks

They say you should, from time to time, move out of your comfort zone so that you’d know your true limit.

From as far as I could remember, I have never really been much of a risk-taker. My decisions are based on whether I could do something easily or if I would gain some thing out of it. In short, I would never do something unless I knew I was the “sure winner.” Not really a good thing considering the many missed opportunities that might have turned out to be better if I only took a chance. I’m trying not to be regretful but I guess that’s inevitable especially if you knew the advantages are far weightier than the drawbacks.

Going further, I recall only two occasions when I decided to take a big risk. Number one was when I decided not to practice Geology and shift instead to Advertising/Marketing. I think there’s no more need to expound on this. Doing something beyond what you studied for in school is a big risk, I guess.

Number two was deciding to transfer to a bank. I wasn’t sure about the culture and how I was supposed to fit in there. Plus, of course, knowing the fact that not all people there would be able to accept you because of your background. This was actually my first time to work in the corporate world. Looking back, however, I would say the ride was well worth it. I learned a lot from the people I met and I was able to do things that I only imagined doing. It wasn’t really close to ideal but at least I as able to gain confidence out of the experience.

Having said this, I couldn’t help but feel excited at the thought of where I’m headed next. Nevertheless, I am hoping that the destination would still be a good one. Not really ideal but at least real.

As Logan Pearsall Smith puts it “What is more mortifying than to feel you’ve missed the Plum for want of courage to shake the Tree?”

Start taking risks and start living your life well.

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