Daring to Take Risks
The first time anything new and creative is proposed, it gets labeled. And the
label put on these novel things is likely to be "risky." Can't you just hear it?
"Let me get this straight, Orville. You and Wilbur are building a machine that
will do what? Heavier-than-air flying machines are the riskiest hoax anybody
ever palmed off on two gullible boys like you Wrights. Get a real job!"
Or maybe it was somebody's harebrained idea of talking pictures, black and white
children attending the same school, or people walking on the moon. More than one
person was berated simply for giving voice to such "silly" ideas.
It turns out that some of the people who dared to propose such outlandish
possibilities are now regarded as geniuses - revolutionaries - heroes. And it
was only because they dared to question others and to question themselves. They
challenged the limitations others were willing to take for granted.
There is something in your profession or business, your family or church that
could be done better. A situation could be more productive. A relationship could
be healthier. An objective could be clarified. Some lofty ideal to which all in
the group give lip service could actually be implemented. But I warn you up
front: Like restoring a car or house, it will take twice as long as you thought,
cost far more than you anticipated, and strain every important relationship in
Only you can decide if it will be worth it to undertake something so ambitious
and costly. There will be false starts. There will be embarrassing mistakes
along the way. But the potential outcome could be as important to your personal
situation as the achievements of the Wright brothers, Rosa Parks, and Neil
Armstrong were to their time and place.
The problem with our world is not that there are no more frontiers to challenge
and conquer. It's that there are too few explorers. There are too few people
willing to ask the obvious questions and challenge the traditional wisdom. In a
word, too few of us want to take the risks that could make us look stupid.
If you are fortunate enough to have a dream in your heart, be willing to make
mistakes in pursuit of it. Be a risk-taker. You just might change the world.
Rubel Shelly GBCIII@aol.com
FAX of Life www.rubelshelly.com