Why Taking Risks is Important
Okay, picture this: you are presented with two choices...
The first is the easy way out. You know that things would be fine, things would run simply, and you would know what you are doing. You've done it before and you are willing to do it again. It's a decision that people around you make all of the time, so you can chat with them about it.
The other is a tougher and more mysterious route. No one you really know has done it before. It's way out of your comfort zone and you know it's going to involve trial and error. You know there will be moments when you won't know what you're doing. However, this choice could reap large rewards and you could do some incredible things.
Which one would you choose?
Whether you're choosing a school, a potential job, or just what you are going to do on a day to day basis, choices can be tough. Life can present you with some tough things to process. Going through that process of pros and cons is so important. I wanted to talk today about why taking risks and going the "road less traveled by" is SO IMPORTANT and can be beneficial in ways that you might not realize initially.
To start off, let me give you an example: my college choice was risky.
I ended up going to Elon University, which is a private college 3 hours away from where I live. There were many factors that made this choice risky and not the most logical choice, but the big one was money. Let's be real, it isn't the cheapest option.
I remember sobbing to my parents explaining that there was something about this school that I was drawn to and I had this feeling would be really good for me, but I knew it was going to be a challenge to pay for. I told them I would do anything to help make the process better, including applying for scholarships and I would be willing to pay for the loans after college. Well, after lots of discussion and financial agreements, my family and I made that decision for me to go to Elon University.
And look at me now, I'm the happiest I've ever been and I'm getting to do what I love every day. Every once in a while when I'm talking to my parents on the phone, we reflect on the idea of me going somewhere else and we become so thankful we made this risky choice.
It's choices like that that I'm talking about.
So why are these risky decisions so important??? Well, here are 3 reasons:
You don't want to get bored.
If you're doing something that you've done before or that's easy for you, you will eventually get bored! You don't want that - life is short and you want to do things that bring you excitement. You want to be able to grab cool opportunities and try new stuff. You want to meet new people, learn new things, and go to new places. Life shouldn't be boring!
You are going to learn something no matter what.
This is big.... repeat after me, "Learning from failure and mistakes is IMPORTANT."
Yes, I want you to fail. Yes, I want you to make mistakes.
Now, I know that sounds harsh, but it is in those moments where you learn the most and you get the most experience. Seriously. I've failed countless times and after each situation is over, I like to reflect on what I learned and what I experienced. I can definitely say I always learn something.
One of my favorite things that I've ever been told involving risky choices is something that the internship office told us at my school. She explained how when a student chooses a internship, they can either love it or hate it. If they love it, it benefits them with experience and could help them realize their potential career. However, if they don't like it, it is just as helpful because they will be able to cross off a potential job and they learn to work through something challenging and not favorable.
I think that's a brilliant way to see how any opportunity, whether you like it or not, is going to benefit you in SOME way.
You only live once (Yes... I'm using #YOLO)
Yeah, I said it. I'm pulling out the YOLO card. I know it's annoyingly cheesy and very 2011 for me to say, but it's still valid! Life on earth is short and you've got one opportunity to do what you love!
Opportunities disappear quick, so grab them when you can. You don't want to regret doing something because it would have made you uncomfy, go for it!
This post is also part of a risk I took.
That's because making feistyfletch.com was also a risky choice. Starting a blog (hoping SOMEONE will read it) and maintaining all of the different parts of it can get overwhelming and actually cost money, but I wanted to see what would happen and take that risk because it's something I've always wanted to do. Well, I'm so glad I took that risk because I love blogging and interacting with all of you incredible people (I just surpassed 50,000 page views... WOAH).
Thanks for reading! This is definitely one of my favorite posts I've ever written because it's a topic that's important to me.
I'll talk to you soon!
Until next time,