The Gift of Risk August 26, 2006Posted by rajAT in entrepreneur, leadership, risk.
“Do you think the people who were trying to reach the top of Everest were not full of doubts? For a hundred years, people tried and lost their lives. Not even their dead bodies came back. But still, more people tried…risking…knowing that they may never come back. Why? Because it was worth it. Because in the very risk something is born inside you: the center. It is born only in the risk. That’s the beauty of risk, the gift of risk.” –Paraphrased from Osho (1931-1990), Indian Professor of Philosophy, Spiritual master.
The gift of risk-taking doesn’t lie in what you achieve by risking – it lies in who you become as a result of the process.
Confident. Engaged. Alive.
Furthermore, it isn’t something you do once in a while – it’s an approach to life.
Open. Exploratory. Daring.
You know it when you let it slip out of your life. You feel stagnant, lethargic, bored. Risks have no shelf life – yesterday’s risks are today’s ego trip. Today is new.
Doug Sundheim, an Executive Coach at Clarity Consulting, suggests to try these questions on onself.
1. Ask yourself the same question, “When in your life did you feel most alive?”
2. What were you doing? Why did it feel so good? Which of your core values were you living?
3. It’s likely you were taking some risks at the time.
4. If you’ve haven’t felt that alive in a while, what could you do to re-engage, to push past your comfort zone?
5. Remember, the gift of risk lies not in what you achieve, but in who you become by taking them.