Change is constant and you can never fully predict with certainty what could happen next, and this is why sometimes you need to trust that gut instinct of yours.
“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.”- Helen Keller
Its not to say that you should just jump into it with some blind faith hoping everything would turn out alright. But it’s all about your approach towards risk taking which counts. I.e. taking calculated risks rather than blind risks as an example.
Taking Risks Brings to Light Opportunities You May Otherwise Miss
While risk taking behaviour usually brings about a negative connotation, sometimes it can very well be the one thing you need to succeed. A simple method of looking at risk taking from a different perspective; one that pushes you to the horizon of new opportunities rather than one that will bring about failure. Always bear in mind while some opportunities might not pay off, others will.
It’s an Experience Which You Can Benefit From In the Future
Other than allowing you to identify opportunities beyond your current scope, it also provides an opportunity for introspection, allowing for some intrinsic growth as well.
“I think I’ve always felt that there was something quite exciting about taking risks. And there’s a great saying, actually, that you only learn when you are at risk and I’m fascinated by both risk and learning, so that has led me to take jobs that people would think “you can’t do that, that’s just impossible.” – Heather Rabbatts, Non-executive director of The Football Association.
Success Won’t Fall Into Your Laps
If you crave success, then you’re going to have to work for it – even if it means taking some risks. While it is possible for you to assess and maybe even predict to what extent the risks might be, sometimes; as in the words of Steve Jobs, you can’t connect the dots looking forward, but you can only connect them looking backwards. Which is why, on top of being proactive, it also requires a certain level of trust that the dots will connect at some point in the future.
It Is One Step Towards Achieving Your Goals
Risk taking by itself is usually not well received. But if you’re taking a risk with the intention of achieving a goal, most of the time the end result will be in your favour; directly or indirectly.
“My experience so far has shown me the truth in this philosophy. While taking risks can be unfamiliar, uncomfortable and sometimes scary, when we have a clear vision of the type of life we aspire to, the outcome (whether it was what we expected or not) is generally worth it.”- Celinne Da Costa, Forbes
It Allows You to Overcome a Fear of Failure
How many times have you had a gut feeling of something which you know may pay dividends, but failed to jump onboard only to realise that you should, and could have reaped the rewards had you just listened to your instinct? Every individual would definitely be risk averse at some point, but on a deeper level, it is the fear of failure which has inhibited so many individuals from achieving success. Bear in mind that there is always something to learn from your failures of trying, and that it is infinitely better than not having tried at all.
Despite the fact that risk-taking can be ‘risky’, the lessons and opportunities which come from it are invaluable and you can never buy it even with all the money in the world. As Steve Jobs also said: ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’.