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I have met and known people who are very successful in their career, yet very unhappy in life. What I realised was that these people were very skilled. For this illustration, I happen to use the word skill and not talent. No doubt, but they were missing something in life, and they felt it too. But why is it that we fail to realise that when we could be successful at something we don't enjoy, then why can't we be confident that we would be double times successful one day doing what we love.
A decision to do something you love is the most difficult for all of us in life, and in our professions. While there is so much talent and passion in budding entrepreneurs; the risk taking ability facades the need to explore with conviction.
I once had a chat with a young business entrepreneur who had made it medium big in the business world. I asked her, so how did you get the courage to get into this insane competition filled game called business. She smiled at me and said "a bit of confidence and lots of passion."
That's when I realised, you take risks to win and not to fail. Why is it that we are bent upon seeing the negative probability so much that the positive side of it almost becomes invisible? When we can do our jobs half heartedly and get a promotion, why is it that we don't believe in ourselves that we would get a double promotion if we did something we loved whole heartedly with passion?
I would like to narrate a true incident that happened a few years back. A friend working for a corporate giant told me "I would be crazy to get into the business world. I am happy with my risk free job where I get paid monthly, and I can afford to make mistakes." A few months later, the company declared bankruptcy because the CEO was taken into custody for money laundering. The so called risk free job became non-existent virtually overnight, and he had no idea if he would ever be paid that month.
I think the risk is even on both sides - between being an entrepreneur and an employee, and it is up to us to decide whether we want to enjoy this risk by doing something we like, or take on the risk by doing something we whine about. After all, life is a risk right?
I asked another female entrepreneur "what is the secret to your success in your business?",
and what she replied changed the way I looked at taking risk in life. She said to me, "it is not the product, the service, the price or the expensive marketing; it is just me and my attitude. I have never given up on my passion and focus to win. That is the only thing to date that has kept me and my business alive."
Calculated risk, risk for life, and the higher the risk the higher the returns and a few more mantras are all something that we have heard all the time. But I feel that a risk taken isn't a risk when you enjoy doing what you do. At the least, you walk out whole heartedly with the a label on yourself that says
"I tried what I love, and it was worth it."
You don't need luck for taking a risk. Just a bit of confidence, a dash of positivity, and a whole bunch of love from yourself. Only when you look at risk as a passion, investment you get up for more.
Be it in anything, a relationship or a business or simply living your life: Take a risk, invest some passion, and let the magic unfold.