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.

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