At some times in our lives we start asking ourselves deep questions, especially now after the kids have left the nest or when we have obtained our career goals. What do I do now? Is there more? Do I even have a fulfilling life anymore?
I’m sure you’ve seen that no one gets very far if they don’t take chances. So it would seem we would achieve more success and therefore a more fulfilling life if we take more chances.
And now that we have more time and other resources, it means we are usually in a better place to take more chances. But how do we do that and what kinds of chances should we take?
Setting Ourselves Up To Take More Chances
We probably agree that many chances we take will likely require money, even if a small amount. Since a lot of us are thinking of starting a new business, we definitely need to save cash.
Certainly, we don’t want to risk our life savings nor would we take chances with money that we need for basic living expenses or short term emergencies.
So I’m guessing that money could be one reason why a lot of people don’t take more chances. But if we do our research and planning ahead of time, we will probably discover that when we do embark on our new entrepreneur journey, we have a higher chance of succeeding.
The other option, as you know, is that if we don’t take the chance we are guaranteed no results whatsoever.
Fear of the Unknown
People are also afraid of taking chances due to the fear of the unknown. Perhaps we know our passion and that passion leads us to wanting to start our own company.
Owning our own company would give us the freedom to make all the decisions, which sounds really nice, but that also comes without a guaranteed paycheck.
How do we overcome this fear of the unknown? The first step is we need to believe in the results, in what we are taking a chance on. In our case, entrepreneurship.
According to Forbes magazine, it suggests that we oftentimes over exaggerate the risks of failure and under exaggerate the risks of succeeding, i.e. opportunities.
This means that many of the chances we are faced with, may actually come out in our favor if we only took them.
Isn’t this good news? And wouldn’t this encourage us to go after our passions more? Take more chances, if we take the time to remind ourselves of this?
I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of folks saying, as they come to the end of their lives:
- they wished they had taken more risks
- they would have loved to have accomplished more meaningful things with their lives and
- they wished they had a more fulfilling life.
Sure, avoiding risk may keep us safe from certain situations, but it will never push us outside our comfort zone. And we have learned that we realize our dreams most often outside our comfort zones.