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"Each risk not taken subtracts from the potential of who we could ultimately become." - Lincoln Patz


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Hello again everyone! This day marks a special day for me as I'm celebrating my 37th birthday today. So, as my own gift to you (as well as for myself), I'm finally releasing to you a topic that I've just not been able to get to for some reason or another. This new wallpaper is entitled, "Risk", making it my 147th wallpaper to the gallery.

Many people in life are so afraid to take risks. Most of the time, it's due to a fear of failure. Other times, the fear of criticism from others stymies us from making a move forward.

Herodotus once stated, "It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen." Aristotle also said, "There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

Thinking about this for a while, it came to me that even though if no one else would criticize you if you do nothing nor risked anything, the voice inside us will eventually begin to speak up and start doing it for them. I would rather live with knowing that I did try something, fail or not, and have silent peace with possible defeat, than knowing I was safe but constantly brushing aside those "what-if" thoughts. To be able to say that at least I tried carries a sense of satisfaction.

I have taken some chances in my life with things, and I've struck out on some of those. But I can honestly say that I probably would have felt worse if I had never tried those things. The biggest regret people have is not trying. Fortunately, there's always still some time left to take some risks. Not dumb risks, but wise, calculated risks.

Calculated risks are those decisions that, while still risky, are rooted in some manner of experience or a logically educated guess of what will happen if I tried something risky. Those are the kinds of risks that I consider most worth shooting for.

If you're contemplating taking a risk on something in your life, doing a bit of homework on the topic would be well worth the investment you're about to take. But, a risk is still needed to be made. Big breaks rarely come, if at all, in life without taking risks.

Each risk not taken subtracts from the person we could potentially become. Those actions not taken will make opportunities disappear, as well as some rewards that might have been ultimately waiting for us.

We subtract our chances of success in life when we don't take risks. But with each calculated risk we take, we multiply the potential returns that those opportunities created.

In closing, I'd like to leave you with one last quote from Maxwell Maltz: "Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act."
- Original blog entry from 03.31.2014

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