Why You Should Take Risks
The most loyal, dedicated (and sometimes overworked) staffers in Corporate America are known for their nose-to-the-grindstone approach to their jobs. They don’t take risks. But maybe they should.
These supportive, conscientious workers know that the early bird gets the worm. They’re the ones that put the coffee on and they are the last ones to leave at night. They don’t watch the clock, so why should they watch for opportunities? They should, ‘though.
We’re talking of healthy opportunities. You’ve got to be discerning and choose your path with common sense. Don’t be unreasonable.
An example of something unreasonable would be wanting to become manager of your department within six months of being hired as a trainee.
Instead, be patient and learn the ropes. Network, and always be of help to your fellow workers. Build a solid foundation.
If You Don’t Take Risks, You Stagnate
Workers who approach their jobs the same way, day-in and day-out, never have to worry about failure, or about disappointing their bosses…and they surely won’t ever have to worry about learning new things, or about being challenged.
“I’m not sure I want to take on that responsibility!” might be the risk-averse worker’s mantra. “I’m safer staying with what I know. At least I do it well.”
But DO they do it well?
If a worker is going through the same motions that they were taught when they were first hired, and they haven’t thought about whether there might be a better way, ARE they doing the job as well as it could be done?
Perhaps coming up with a better way to do some aspect of the job would be a good initial risk. Starting small is perfectly acceptable!
Step Out In Front of the Pack
If you take risks, no matter what kind they are, and EVEN IF YOU “FAIL”, you instill confidence in your ability to take on new challenges.
It’s also a great way of helping you step out in front of the pack. Yes, you’ll be noticed. Who wouldn’t notice someone who’s prepared to “win some and lose some”?
With this kind of positive attitude, you can’t go wrong. And you WILL win some. Success is right around the corner if you go for the brass ring…even if you have to latch onto the pewter or copper one, first.
Taking risks helps you stand a little taller, and to square your shoulders a tad more. If you’re confident, a smile acts as your umbrella when stormy weather rolls around.
Being Conservative Won’t Achieve Your Dreams
You have dreams. We all do!
When you don’t take risks, you aren’t taking any steps towards achieving those dreams. In fact, you will play right into the hands of naysayers who assure you that there’s no use applying for a promotion or suggesting improvements, as “it’ll never lead to anything”.
Not so! If something makes sense, it WILL eventually get done.
If, however, you don’t grab the bull by the horns, it just won’t get done by you.
Risk Puts You One Step Closer
Is it your dream to manage a department? Even if it’s a secret dream…one which you’ve never revealed…it’s worth pursuing. The fact that you desire or yearn for a specific situation other than the one you’re in now means you HAVE the wherewithal to achieve your ambition. VERY FEW PEOPLE ACTUALLY DESIRE SOMETHING COMPLETELY IMPROBABLE.
If you want it so badly that you can taste it, it’s doable.
You just can’t sit at home waiting for UPS to bring you what you need. Action is what will get you your dream.
You’ll Be Happier and Healthier if You Take Risks
All sorts of studies have indicated that those who sit back and let their wishes and dreams pass them by are not always going to be in the pink of health. For one thing, if you repress what makes you serene and contented, you’ll put your mind and body under undue stress.
And, on top of that, if you WORRY about not taking your dreams seriously…if you know only too well that constantly putting your ambitions on the back burner will lead to burn out and sublimation (you might overeat to compensate, for instance)…you might be on the way to such physical ailments as ulcers and headaches.
Avoid these stress-related ailments and stay in good physical condition by taking the occasional risk. You’ll be so glad you did!
Unforeseen Benefits and Surprise Successes
Another positive side to this scenario is that of UNEXPECTED gains for most risk-takers. These take the form of meeting someone influential who turns out to be a mentor or who boosts our career in another manner; a promotion that results after an interview that doesn’t pan out; an opening that never would have taken place otherwise, and so on.
Even if the initial effort “fails”, it gains momentum in another category. You may have lost the promotion or been bypassed for the opportunity you sought, but the bottom line is that you will reap the rewards that experienced risk-takers know so well: the SILENT successes. Whether you see them immediately or not, they’re bound to fall into place.
You Can Count On Failure to Be Your Friend
Did you know that every so-called failure will teach you something invaluable? It’s true. So if you take a calculated career risk and it results in a closed door, you have just learned a lesson that can be applied in any life situation. Isn’t that worth taking a risk for?
Here’s an example: you opt to try out for a Music Director’s spot at your local college. It’s been something you’ve dreamt of doing for years. The moment comes and, after chatting a bit with the Assistant Principal, you get up on the podium in front of the group you’d be directing and whip out your music sheets.
You’re not even nervous; you’re just ecstatic to be doing this. It feels so right to you!
You’re one of many whose talents are being auditioned on this day and you’re up against stiff competition. Someone with experience in several similar assignments snags the job and you accept the news without a hint of regret.
As you’re driving home, you are still elated from those few moments that you were directing the group of musicians. It’s at that moment that you make a decision: life is too short to carry around this yearning. You want to do this for a living.
Three months later, you’re invited by your church to lead the ample-sized choir. The choir has won awards for its performance and you quickly accelerate in your expertise as you surround yourself with other musically gifted artisans.
You’ve learned a valuable lesson.
Don’t put your dream on hold. Take a calculated, healthy risk.
As the poet Langston Hughes wrote: “What happens to a dream deferred?” Fortunately, when you take healthy risks, you won’t need to worry about deferring yours.