“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Leo F. Buscaglia
What did your parents say as you left for school?
My mom always said “I love you…be safe.” It was always good hearing “I love you,” but interestingly, her saying “be safe” a billion times, may have had an adverse affect on me.
On the lens of my life was engrained “when given the option to take a risk or play it safe…play it safe. When it comes to jumping off a 100’ cliff into water, it makes sense. However, as a leader in today’s environment, playing it safe can have devastating outcomes.
Why? Risk is synonymous with improvement and if you are not improving, you are losing.
There is no growth in comfort and no comfort in growth.
Research suggests that you are either “risk” or “play it safe” oriented.
The risk oriented leader sees risk as a way to opportunity. The play it safe leader seeks to obtain growth by playing it safe.
Which are you?
Interestingly Peter Drucker said, “People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” So why not take smart risks?
When was the last time that you took a smart risk in order to accomplish your goals?
What would it be like to make healthy risk taking a daily habit?
This months Challenge:
1) Evaluate your current role and ask “where it hurts.” Where do you find stress or challenge for that is where healthy risk taking can often improve results.
2) Take a healthy risk everyday to accomplish your goals and to feel alive as a leader.
Remember that I am pulling for you to Take the Helm no matter the storm.