Balancing Risk and Reward

National Blog Posting Month – March 2013 – Risk

Prompt – Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?


Like so many things, it’s the contrast between extremes that helps us know what we have. For example, we can’t really fully appreciate joy unless we’ve experienced utter sadness. If we’ve always had prosperity, we can’t appreciate how good we’ve got it. Until you travel to a third-world country that is. It’s a slap in the face. It’s “First World Problems.”

The point is, if you never risk failure and always take the ‘safe’ path, sure you’ll live a long life. But it will be a long, dull, boring, every-day-the-same life. If you stick your neck out once in a while – it doesn’t have to be every day – you might succeed at something that you didn’t know you could do. And then, suddenly, joy! Not same-ol’-same-ol’! A whole new world!

The bigger the risk, the greater the leap, the greater likelihood for failure, but the potential reward is that much more as well. The failures would be greater, too. But with the right attitude, no failure is really a catastrophic failure. You always learn and move on. Maybe skydiving just isn’t for you. Public speaking, not your thing. But, wow, what if it turns out you have a great singing voice. (Ever watch America’s Got Talent? Those people are taking some serious risks, eh?)

Not every risk you take is life- or career-threatening. If you only risk embarrassment, then what are you waiting for? Now, if you could lose your job, or your life, maybe think a little more carefully. Taking risks, even little ones, is what keeps life interesting. You should try it once in a while.

2 thoughts on “Balancing Risk and Reward

  1. Yep I think taking risks makes life more interesting, and I think it also depends on what you have to lose. I think it has a lot to do with gain vs loss, and also the risks that are taken, because you have more to lose from not taking a risk. I enjoyed your post it really got me thinking, found you at the NaBloPoMo challenge.

  2. This is well done. I heard a quote once that said, “We can only experience joy to the degree that we have been hollowed out by grief.” I have also traveled to third world countries, and came home to overwhelming wealth and waste in our culture. It was astounding, seeing it fresh after being in an area that had nothing. Just yesterday, I saw a photo (from Soul Pancake) that showed a picture frame showing “This is your Comfort Zone” – and way off on the wall away from the frame was a circle showing “Where the Magic Happens.”

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