Businessman Richard Branson once said:
If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes. Then learn how to do it later.
This means that we should not be afraid to take on jobs or responsibilities that seem risky or that we do not seem to be prepared for. The Huffington Post proves this in their article that lists reasons why taking risks leads to success. Here’s why taking risks is a good thing:
Taking risks can open up many doors for you. Whether it’s a job that you want to apply for or a study you are thinking about doing, it’s true that “you never know unless you try!” Giving up chances because of fear is such a shame since we never know what they could lead to.
Just as we learn from our mistakes, we also learn from the risks we take. If you take on a role that you thought would suit you, but in the end it does not, this will only help you later on in life. Negative experiences often make the greatest lessons!
Success is not given
Now, this is something we should not forget. If we want to be successful and achieve our dreams, we have to take risks! Playing it safe and waiting for magic to happen is not the right strategy for success. We have to pursue it! Therefore, take as many risks as you can when it comes to realizing your dreams and goals.
Also, the best way to overcome fear is to do things that scare you. Most of the times our fear is misplaced and our expectations are not true. Let’s not make assumptions without knowing or trying. It’s time to stop thinking “I should not even try, because it will be so hard” or “I am not what they are looking for”. Overcome these thoughts and take the risk! Go for it. What do you have to lose?
The bottom line
Taking risks is risky, but we do not have to be afraid of it. Remember that taking risks does not mean doing something without thinking. I actually prefer to call them “calculated risks”. However, we first have to believe in ourselves and our ability to do something. Courage is the first step in reaching any goal. Believe in yourself, be courageous and you will achieve what you want to achieve!