The Risk of not taking any risk

I met an old friend of mine yesterday evening, being a Saturday everybody was in a relaxing mood. There were four of us and we had a good old chat for about an hour or so. Time flew and none of us realized it. Did you ever have this experience of time flying? I bet you had …

During the course of our discussion, this old friend of mine told me to suggest him some good place to work or refer him for a suitable (well paying) position. He is in his early 30s and so far have not been successful in his professional life. He is now desperate to get a high paying, secure job that does not demand much from him.

He was a very good student back in our college days and I asked him how come he landed in this position? He said after graduation he wanted to go to a bigger city for work, however his parents restrained him from doing so as they had no known ones or relatives in that place. He spent time preparing for other exams and government services. However to his luck, he could not crack any of them as he was not fully into it. Later he tried some small jobs out of which selling life insurance was one and when opportunity came to take more responsibility and get promoted as a manger of the company; he rejected that offer saying that he could not take the pressure of achieving stiff targets. After which he decided to go for higher studies, cracked the entrance exam however he could not afford the course fees. There were options for him to avail study loan and repay it after completing the course. Again his cynicism got the better of him and he decided that it will be too risky to mortgage his home and take the loan.

And now he repents for his not taking those actions, not risking out, not allowing him to explore the possibilities of life. He said I always avoided taking risks but now my entire future is at risk. I could not help but agree with the wise words of him.

There are many a things in life which all of us want to do however our inner cynicism never lets us tap into our deepest potential and live our deepest desires. We fall into the trap of procrastinating which slowly consumes the quality of our life. So it is for us to break free and really trust our human potential to achieve that we most desire. As the saying goes “it is better to be loved and lost rather to be not loved at all“. So my encouragement to both you and me: let’s take risk, let’s do those things that gives us the most joy, that exercises our brain and muscles the most. Let us make the best use of this human experience.