I had a conversation today I’ve had hundreds of times over the last twenty plus years. Someone saying something like this: “We can’t seem to stay focused on much but getting through the work week, monitoring what the kids are up to, trying to stay ahead of the bills... If we’re not doing what it takes and the attempts we’ve made so far haven’t panned out, why invest any more time or money?”
Good question. Why not stand your ground, and just stay put? There are no guarantees for entrepreneurs and adventurers.
If we contract -- make ourselves and our lives as small as possible when things aren’t coming together the way we wish they would -- we believe we’ll be safer. The truth is that change is inevitable, and if we expand and take a chance on something better -- if we keep moving in the direction we truly want to go -- we’re actually less at risk than those who stand and wait for the tides to topple them.
I believe that we can’t reach too high, dream too big, risk too much if what we’re reaching for is a life fully lived, a life with purpose and joy. We all have a choice-- to contract into the status quo, or to take a chance and expand into a meaningful, memorable future. I believe if there’s even a tiny spark of pioneering spirit flickering, why not take every chance to fan it into a flaming beacon? Fan that spark enough times and basic physics says -- eventually -- the spark will catch.
There are risks in life -- whether you choose to stand still or lean into it. Either way.
Why not stretch your potential and reach a little higher? Why not burn a little brighter and give hope to some other people who haven’t quite been extinguished yet?
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." ----Helen Keller