Katherine Mansfield, an author from New Zealand in the early 19th century, once quoted –
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Have you ever wondered the hardest thing that you did in life? In fact, at every stage of our life or career, we would have taken the hardest decision.
Let me go a step back and tell you that we have had done the hardest thing as a kid- the first step to walk, the first word, the first sentence without any errors as a child. And, there can be many more such examples. These things seemed hardest to us, without actually knowing that it was the hardest. We managed to come out of these with radiance and courage, as we were all naive to the world and we didn’t care much about risk. We never had thoughts on the aftermath of an action or decision. If I may ask you a question at this point, do we have the same courage and strength to risk our life and career?
Many in my friend’s circle were quite hesitant to say a firm YES to this question. I may not want to divulge or discuss the reasons behind the hesitation. However, one common thing that I found was everyone wanted to play safely without being risked on physical, mental or financial aspects.Where did this hesitation come from, while all along we have been thought to risk everything in our childhood?
The fear of failure grips us all. The hesitation to start anything new or afresh or change a situation stems from the fear factor in you. The onus is on our own self to overcome this fear factor. Take risks with caution to face one of the many new challenges that come in your way. Take the first step towards your goal and happiness and the rest will automatically fall in place as to how it did to all of us as a kid or a child.
“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” – Paulo Coelho
I have overcome my fear to take this leap in my career.
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