Risk to Live

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

Risk is defined as “a situation involving exposure to danger.” Danger is defined as “the possibility of suffering harm or injury.” So, logically, we tend to avoid risk. It inherently involves danger, harm and injury … so why would anyone risk anything? Mark Zuckerberg, arguably one of the most successful internet entrepreneurs of the modern time gives this reason:

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Last weekend, I watched an example of risk-taking that has given me something to think about. Hunter and I spent the entire day working in the yard – pulling weeds, trimming trees and cleaning out flower beds. Other than starting school early, it was probably the worst idea that he had heard for how to spend his weekend! Unfortunately for him, though, he didn’t get a vote. He obediently, but un-enthusiastically, worked with me for several hours before the fun began. I had muttered under my breath that I really wished there was a way to trim a large branch that was hanging over the back fence line. It was very high up and very large so it was completely beyond our practical capabilities – which made it sound quite intriguing for Hunter.

As short time later, he and Bret had rigged up a solution that was risky, scary and, in Hunter’s words, the most fun he had experienced all day!


As his mother, I was not impressed. I stated, for the record, that I thought it was a bad idea. I even jokingly informed them that my current stinky condition was not acceptable for the emergency room so they would need to wait for me to take a shower before we could call the ambulance, if the need arose.

Thankfully, all went well. The tree is trimmed, Hunter had fun and there were no disasters.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating for stupidity and there is definitely a need to avoid reckless risk. But, that being said, where would the fun be in life if we never took risks?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Neale Donald Walsch

Is there something that you want to do – a passion stirring for adventure, greatness or just something new? Are you afraid to take the risk? You can stay where you are, be safe, and never know what might be … or you can risk failure and experience the thrill of living!

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”  Hunter S. Thompson

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