The Importance Of Taking Risks

by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Lifestyle Columnist

Published in Lifestyle and Viral on 8th February, 2019

Risks are something we all come into contact with from time to time. There are risks involved in gaining confidence, climbing the career ladder and creating growth within ourselves. Often, they can be quite frightening but are often worth the venture to reach the other side.

Here, we're going to cover the kinds of risks you might face, and the benefits of pushing through your fears. Once you face those fears, you'll find that taking certain risks can become a lot less paralyzing. Continue on and you'll be well on your way to a happier, fuller life!

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Why Are Risks Scary?

There are so many things we're afraid of.

Things like speaking in public, taking on more responsibility, or starting a new path can come with any number of fears. Many of us are afraid we'll fail, embarrass ourselves or that we won't be able to handle the new expectations that come with succeeding in a given area.

It's only natural to be afraid. We tend to fear the unknown, and that can make it difficult to leave behind the lives we've become familiar with, no matter how unsatisfied we may be with that life. However, we can often find that making the leap anyway can really be worth facing those fears.

Calculated Risks Vs Dangerous Risks

Something that is key to consider is that there's a difference between risks that could be dangerous, and risks that are calculated. This is an important consideration to make when you're thinking about doing something that may be risky.

Calculated risks include those that you can prepare for to some extent. They also tend to be risks that come with growing in some way, whether that's in a career, hobby or just as a person in general. For example, if you're looking to start a self-employment venture, you can spend time saving money to cover your typical expenses while you're starting out.

On the other hand, dangerous risks are those that are just that, dangerous. There is often little growth to be had from them, and the risk comes with the chances of injury or through breaking a law. These are not the kinds of risks that we recommend taking.

Why Should You Take Them Anyway?

Risks are often scary because they represent the unknown. In some cases, we may also have been told just how difficult it can be to break into certain kinds of jobs, or to accomplish certain feats. While it is true that these things can be difficult, that absolutely shouldn't be a reason not to try.

Instead, think about the path you want to take and plan for it as much as possible. That might include saving up money to provide yourself a buffer, starting small and practicing difficult aspects of your goal, and breaking down larger tasks into smaller ones so you don't feel overwhelmed.

There's Only One Direction - Up

Many fear failure when they decide to take a risk, but the truth is that you really cannot fail. Let's say you write and publish a book, and it doesn't sell well. This can be seen as a failure, or you can look at it as a learning opportunity.

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Maybe that book didn't sell very well because the cover didn't draw people in, or perhaps it's because there wasn't enough money and effort put into marketing. When you take a look at these things honestly, you can learn from them, improve that book or do better the next time around.

It's truly a process of continual learning. Each aspect you learn is another step towards success. You're likely to find that with your next attempt, you'll do a little better and find some other areas that need to be improved. As you keep improving, you learn what it takes to be successful.

Open Doors You Never Thought Possible

When we get started on a new path, it's nearly impossible to envision all of the paths it may lead to. Typically, we're aware of the larger paths available, but there's no way we can guess each little opportunity that may come our way, especially as we progress down our chosen path.

Because of this, you may end up somewhere you never could have expected, but in a very good way. Make sure to keep your eyes open for those surprise opportunities and take them when they appear! It's sure to be worth it!

Avoid Inaction

Making an attempt and failing, is still an attempt. Because of that, it's far better than never trying at all. Whether it's a career move or something you want to accomplish in your personal life, you're unlikely to ever end up back at square one.

Life is far too short to stand in place and let your dreams and goals pass by. It can lead to a life that is quite unsatisfying and you'll always be left wondering where a given pursuit could have gone. Even if it's just a tiny step at a time, it's worth making the effort!

Be A Role Model

Are there children in your life, or perhaps family members who are just younger than you? It's likely you'd want them to have the courage to take risks in their own lives, especially if those risks are ones that could potentially lead them to healthier, happier lives.

Often, those younger family members have an easier time learning to take beneficial risks when can see others doing it. Leading by example is a great way to teach those around you that it's okay to get out of their comfort zones. As a result, they'll be more likely to really go after what they want in life.

Beating Lifelong Fears

Many of us can hold ourselves back because of the fears we have about taking a risk. We might fear failure, or the tasks involved. Anything from marketing, to asking for raises, jobs or help can all be intimidating in their own ways.

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However, when you get past these fears you can gain confidence and earn more success. Furthermore, the more you take on those fears, the less terrifying they will become in many cases. In time, you'll wonder what it was that made those things so frightening to begin with.

You'll Stand Out

Potential employers, clients, customers or others who you may want to impress are more likely to notice you if you're putting yourself out there. As a result, more opportunities are likely to come your way, which can really snowball into something fantastic over time.

While staying in your comfort zone and out of sight might feel safer, there's much less of a chance that people will see what you can do and offer you better opportunities. Even if it's just a small step at a time, getting outside of your realm of comfort can be key to creating success in your endeavors.

Get Closer To Success

As mentioned earlier, even if you make an attempt at something and fail, you've still made more progress than you would have if you had never tried at all. Each attempt leaves you with more skills, more experience and a better idea about what to do the next time around.

Because of that, you'll get a little closer to that success each time. This is something that is worth keeping in mind, especially when an attempt doesn't quite work out. When failure occurs, it's only a step on the way to success, not an end to reaching for that big dream.

Move Past Boredom

Think about your day-to-day life as it is in this moment. Consider your job, your regular schedule. Are you satisfied with it, or do you get bored? Do you feel stuck, or are you content right where you are? If you are perfectly happy, then that's fantastic!

However, many people are bored with their typical 9-to-5 job. They may be feeling trapped, like they can't get ahead. Some feel that they have no time to take on the tasks that can lead them in the direction they really want to go in.

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The best way to get past this is to carve out some time and just do it. One tiny task a day towards your goal is so much more than nothing at all!

Find Your Path

Part of learning your way to success includes learning what you don't want to do. With each path you take, you'll be likely to learn aspects of it you enjoy and aspects you're not a fan of. Over time, this can help you to learn what you want to do on a more specific level.

For example, maybe you want to make your own video game. When you try it, perhaps you learn that you love creating the art or designing characters, but you're not a fan of the code or marketing aspects. This allows you to find ways to seek out partners who enjoy the other aspects, or consider jobs in character design.

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