Taking a risk is hard, right?
A leap of faith can be nerve-racking…
There are lots of reasons why risk-taking makes people nervous—and understandably so. I’ve been there too.
So, I’m bringing this up because my wife and I were reminiscing about how scary it was when I first decided to quit my engineering job and go full time with real estate investing. (She seems to remember it better than I do, and she was incredibly supportive… and still is.)
We went from 2 incomes to 1. That’s taking a big risk. And a HUGE reason why risk-taking can be SO scary—when it affects your livelihood.
I’ve also noticed that some people are freaked out about taking a risk because they’re afraid of what people will think of them.
Harsh truth: People don’t care about you. They care about themselves. :-/
Stop worrying about what other people think. I know, easier said than done.
Another way I saw people avoid taking risks was as I was getting my MBA, and I see the same thing now with my coaching students and clients… they get stuck in school, getting degree after degree—and don’t put any of it to use in the real world because they’re scared of the outcome.
They’re building up hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans, but still, to them, college is a safety net. Their huge student loan debt is less scary, somehow than the real world. Yikes.
It’s time to get out of your comfort zone…
Be a producer, not a consumer.
You don’t want to get to older age—like my grandfather—who had so many shoulda, coulda, wouldas later in his life.
Don’t live a life of regrets.
When I say stop avoiding taking risks, I mean take action…
Just put yourself out there, take massive imperfect action, and fail forward as you go. You got this.