Day 135 of OUR 365 Day Odyssey
Taking chances or risks can be scary and stressful depending on what kinds of chances we are taking. It is always easier to do what is familiar, e.g., it is easier to go to the restaurant that we know is good, even though we may be tired of the food, rather than try a new place where the outcome is not guaranteed. It is easier to stay in the same place/town, rather than move, because we may not like our new surroundings and it may be hard to get adjusted to a new life. It’s the same kind of thing when we continue to work at a job we are less than happy with because the pay is good or we have a secure position. We choose mediocrity over greatness. Why?
Many products that we love and use on a daily basis would not be available to us if someone had not taken a chance. For instance, today I read a story about Timbuk2, a company that makes bike messenger bags and backpacks. In 1989, Rob Honeycutt, a San Francisco bicycle messenger bought a used sewing machine and started making bags. He took a big chance and today Timbuk2 is a great and very profitable company.
A few months ago Diane took a big risk. She applied to be on the St. Louis Lose a Ton Challenge. Diane took a chance on herself by committing to a lifestyle of fitness and good health, and we all know how it turned out for her. She won the challenge, she looks great, she’s healthy, and she’s headed to Mexico.
A little over a year ago Dana, Greg, Darla, and myself took a big chance, we started InPerspire. I had to resign from my job as a Manager at Southwest Airlines to concentrate on building our business. Many people thought I was crazy, and still do. They can’t imagine why anyone would quit a good job in the middle of a recession. I remember a call that I received from one of the directors at SWA, when I answered the phone she just said “What are you doing?” Well, this is what I am doing, I am taking a chance, and it has been one crazy and fun ride.
Now, I am not suggesting that we all start taking wildly crazy or dangerous chances, e.g., I don’t advocate sticking your head out of the window of a high speed train or running with scissors. I do, however, think that sometimes it is good to get out of our comfort zone. Push yourself to try something new – challenge yourself a little.
Have you taken any chances lately? How did it turn out? We would love to hear your stories.
The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.” ~Goethe