Risk the Unusual – Don’t Settle for the Ordinary
Today is a great day for a quote! Aren’t they all? Ok, to the quote…
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”
A surface skeptic, me, might not really understand what it is that is actually “unusual”. As is the case with your paradigm on success, your perception of what’s considered a risk, unusual or ordinary, is largely subjective. I know that I don’t want to settle for ordinary, I want more out of life. I think everybody will say they want more out of life, so how come most people seem to have settled for ordinary?
The quote is intriguing because it is unique to every person. Your idea of a risk and your desired standard of living is unique in itself. Risks don’t have to involve money, they can, but often times a risk is simply stepping out of your comfort zone. People don’t like venturing outside of their comfort zone – that is why it’s unusual for people to do it. Many risks are actions you take that contradict a fear you may have. Or, a risk may involve voluntarily taking on a greater level of responsibility, etc. In my opinion, persistence and risk go hand-in-hand. People that are fortunate enough to live out their dreams will tell you stories of their big breaks along the way – maybe a person they met, or a key decision they had to make. But big breaks come along when your actions are relentless and you refuse to be denied. If you refuse to be denied in your pursuit, then your persistence will naturally take you places that are new, uncomfortable, and risky.
What to Walk Away With
Don’t always tag the word risk with financial connotations. It’s important to understand that you must be willing to put yourself in situations that are uncomfortable to break away from ordinary. A top reason that people don’t break away from the “ordinary” is because they don’t think they have the intelligence, the time, the money, the resources, etc., to actually make it happen. “Risking it” might not be as hard as you think. Risk some free time to do some research. Risk a few phone calls to get the ball rolling on that project you’ve been mentally laboring over. Momentum and confidence are impactful things, and once you gain them, your thirst for results is greater – leading you to take more risks.
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