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It’s one of the great paradoxes of the knowledge age we live in.

If you want to play it safe then you need to take risks and the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe.

You can try to maintain the status quo, but very soon one or all of the following will take place:

  • Your skills become redundant (and so do you).
  • Everyone passes you by.
  • You run out of ideas.
  • You read the manual.
  • You’re boring.
  • You become controlled by fear.
  • You end up doing what everyone else thinks you should do.
  • No-one listens to you any more.

Then again you can take risks and here are a few of the potential rewards:

  • You learn from your mistakes.
  • You write the manual.
  • You become an exciting person to be around.
  • Your skills continue to develop.
  • You find that you have something of interest to say.
  • You become an expert in your field.
  • You become more and more fearless.
  • People want to follow you.
  • You end up in a career of your choosing.

Life’s too short to play it safe and if by doing so you end up irrelevant then what’s the point?

Take a few risks, do something different, reach for your goals, break out of your rut and start living.  In the end it’s the safest thing you can do!

What risk are you going to take this week that will potentially enhance your life?

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