No Risk Yields No Reward
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No Risk Yields No Reward

Have you ever taken a risk? You know...Did something that others thought was crazy or foolish? Ever wonder why it was crazy or foolish to them, but made perfect sense to you? As a business owner, you wonder that pretty often. People tell you that what you are getting into won’t work and they say you are taking a risk that you don’t need to take.

The Game of Risk

It doesn’t matter what you do in life. There will always be somebody that shows up just in the nick of time to...throw you under a bus. As humans, we typically find a comfort zone and stay there.

There are very few people that understand what a calculated risk is and go for it. A calculated risk is when the actual risk is small compared to the reward that comes after overcoming. Instead, they see your risk as unwarranted and try to stop you from moving forward.

WHY??? Is it a friend or family member that is looking out for your well being? Maybe it’s somebody that cares about you and doesn’t want to see you get hurt...Have you ever heard those before? This can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Instead of having people that are there to help you, they show up to harass you.

Now, there are times when we need to be pulled from the edge of our own demise. I get that. It just doesn’t happen that way. There are people out there that take calculated risks. They study up on whatever they are about to do and they make sure everything is safe and possible before going for it. That’s great! You feel the rush and the intensity of the moment and then...Somebody jumps in the way to save you from your self.

They just don’t understand. It’s ok. The “rescuers” didn’t spend any time trying to figure out what you were doing because when you asked if they wanted to come along, they were too busy biting their nails and hiding under the covers. But that’s ok. They didn’t think about trying to help you or encourage you with your passion because they weren’t paying you any attention. Still ok. The moment of truth comes and you are ready to go but it’s at that moment that they decide to “risk it all” by saving you.

That’s pretty frustrating. That’s when it’s no longer ok. It’s at moments like this when you can say…

No Risk Yields No Reward

Yep. That’s right. You can turn around and look them in their eye with the passion of a cheetah chasing down its prey and say, “No Risk Yields No Reward.” Your famous last words, right? Yea, the last words you say before things begin to change for the better. They will remember them. They will be the last words you say before you continue on the path that you calculated before the time came to take the leap. Oh yea, they will remember.

Here’s the most interesting part. This doesn’t happen all the time, but sooner or later that phrase will slip out of their mouth while you are still moving forward past your comfort zone. They might say it to spite you, but saying the words proves that the idea was hard to comprehend for them...Not for you. So you can know that your risk is also a challenge. It’s a challenge to the mediocrity that everybody else deems normal.

Challenge The Norm

Anything that makes noise will draw attention. Any decision that is made outside of the norm will attract naysayers. People told the Wright Brothers that people will never fly. People said that the tv would never be a normal item in a house. People said that there was no need for a personal computer. People said it was impossible to break the sound barrier. People said it was impossible to run a 4 minute mile. People say a lot of things, but a person can decide to challenge the norm.

The norm is where the safety net resides. When you challenge the norm, you are moving to an area where there is no net. You are doing the same task, just without a net. I was reading about a guy that walked across a tightrope over Niagara Falls.

He had done it many times before. By the way, there was no net that would catch him if he fell. He had returned from a trip over and back and there had been a crowd that had heard of his feats. He walked over to the crowd and asked if anybody would allow him to carry them on his back as he went back and forth. Nobody answered at first, but then a man stepped forward and said he could do it with him.

So the willing participant hopped on his back and the tightrope walker went across Niagara Falls and back with the man on his back. When they returned a reporter asked the back rider if he was scared. The rider said that he trusted the guy and that his life was in his hands.

The same is true for us. We are the ones taking the risk, but we know the reward that comes once we are victorious. Let me leave you with this last thought. As a risk taker, we don’t need a net because we don’t believe we are going to fall. Yes, there is risk involved, but we don’t see it as a threat because the reward is greater than the risk.

So what about you? Are you a calculated risk taker? Share any stories or responses about your own experiences.


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