There’s a saying that goes”No risk no reward” I beg to differ. Even if you decide not to take risks life will reward you for that decision.
What Is A Risk?
Most Engish dictionaries associate risk with “trouble, danger, threat, hazard, harm, obstacle”. And when we see the above-mentioned synonyms the subconscious part of our brains starts to build all sorts of mechanisms to fight against this suggestion. Because that part of the brain is also designed to protect us from anything that could cause harm to our wellbeing. What we also need to remember is that this part of our brain automatically associates anything foreign with “risk”. So just because there’s scientific data to prove that there’s a chance that this could be dangerous it instantly rejects it. Take flying for instance. There is a very good chance that the aircraft might crash go up in flames. But because we live in a modern society where this mode of transportation is essential to our lives we still board on flights and arrive safely at our destinations.
Why Take Risks?
Growing up I used to think that taking risks was not a good thing. I always tried to stick to the script and to do exactly as I was told. From an early age, I was given two things to prioritize my education and religion. My life essentially revolved around those two things. I hardly participated in any extra murals activities and neither did I have enough time to catch up with my friends. I wasn’t prohibited from doing such things but because I didn’t want to fail at fulfilling my obligations to the church and my academics I decided that anything that wasn’t in line with the above-mentioned priorities was a RISK that I had to avoid by all any means necessary.
But here’s what I’ve come to realize.
Quitting your job to start a new business is risky. Investing your money is risky. Getting married is risky. Having children is risky. Everything is risky. What you should worry about is not the risk involved. But the consequence of not taking that risk. You need to develop a hunter’s mentality where you see risks as an opportunity to thrive and not an opportunity to hide behind excuses. Like I said in the beginning, even if you decide not to take risks life will reward you for that decision. Some circumstances are beyond one’s control. Things such as systematic racism, classism, etc. Which may hinder your success. But the question I’m posing you to is big is your HUNGER? Is it big enough to keep you in the game until your next win or is it big enough to keep you in the game until you break world records?
History is replete with men and women from all walks of life who chose risk over comfort at a very young age and they went on to live their lives to the fullest. Do these phenomenal individuals possess special talents? Or is their hunger for success unquenchable? Too many of us reach a point where the attainment of a fraction of our goals is enough to put us to sleep and eventually out of the game. If you think that all of these are risky then wait until you see what’s on the other side of not taking such risks. If you are not willing to put yourself on the line, to venture into the unknown then your reward will be equal to that decision.
– NOMSA CHAUKE