Saturday, 20 March 2010

Are you afraid to take risks?

A lot of people have been asking me why I have chosen to step out of my comfort zone and taking such a big risk in setting up my own creative agency. Those who know the story will understand that it wasn't entirely my decision to leave my comfort zone, but since I've to move on, I needed to make a choice for the future.

Starting out on my own is as big a risk as working somewhere else. I get more nervous sitting in a plane miles high up in the air, much more than driving around in my car. And I bet you feel the same. Statistics show that air-travel is much safer than driving on the road, but yet most people feel more jittery sitting in a plane than driving their cars. Why?

Control - that's why. In a automobile, you're (presumably) in control of the vehicle and thus in charge of the outcome. You know you have the controls and you steer your own fate. In a plane, you've elected to put your life in the hands of a total stranger sitting in a cockpit behind closed doors. You assume he has the right skills and the engineers did a good job servicing the plane. However, you do not feel that you have control over whatever will happen once the plane leaves the ground. Your fate has been taken out of your hands, and you perceive that to be risky.

Most people shun risks in life, because they loath the unknown. However, only two things are certain in life - death and taxes. For every decision we make, there's an element of risk whether you realize or not. More important than fearing risk, is to take calculated risks and learn along the way. The more risks you take, the better you will be able to manage risks somewhere down the road in life.

Someone once said, "to risk nothing is to take the biggest risk of all". Here're two great short videos about risks taking in life, and you should definitely watch it.



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