Should We Take Risks in Life?

By: Fred Daitatt

Without a doubt, I will say that it is better to live life which risks are taken.

I totally agree with the saying 'no venture, no gain'. Only when we take risks we realize our potential.

Take learning to swim for instance. If we want to learn to swim, we must plunge into the water. At first, we might swallow a bit of water and become disoriented, but gradually our natural ability is going to take over and we will eventually know how to swim. If we don't take the risk of plunging into the water, we would never be able to learn how to actually swim. I have friends who are adults and still don't know how to swim and whenever I asked them to go swimming with me, their reply will always be, "I don't know how to swim" or "I am afraid of water".

Another example would be gymnastic, it is a form of exercise that is full of risks. Pulled muscles and sprained ankles are common occurrences. There were cases of broken bones and even death from resulting from accidents. For most people, gymnastics is out. They don't want to risk their arms and necks. For others who are more athletic, gymnastic is fun. They welcome the risks. I am sure they take 'calculated' risks. There are dangers involved in certain exercises and rules that must be followed to minimize accidents. We need to acknowledge the dangers and gauge our abilities, take the risks and overcome the fears.

Now I am surely not advocating foolhardiness, I have to stress that the risks taken should be 'calculated' risks. Only a fool will try to fly an airplane without any form of training and awareness of the dangers involved. Flying an airplane is a very risky activity but if we are to fly, we have to have enough courage to take the risks.

It is thus the same in some areas of life. If we are to learn something, we have to take risks. If we want something, we would have to take risks. There would not be a USA today if no one dared to ventured out and discovered the new world. There would not be rockets nor airplanes if everybody played it safe on the ground. We would not have any friends if we did not take the risks of reaching out to others and face the fear of rejections. We have to take risks and if we fail, we will learn from the failures and not repeat the mistakes again. Like some people say, we don't fail, we only learn and grow.

A lot of risks-takers failed in their ventures. Sailors died and space-craft crashed killing all aboard. But do we stop taking the risks? No. The discoveries and gains made are invaluable. Whether it's life, relationship, business, there's always risks involved. If you want to move on to the next level, you will need to take risks. One of my favorite quotes in life goes like this "The biggest risk is not taking one.". Do you think so?

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Apart from writing, Fred also enjoy building websites on subjects that he's passionate about such as rock climbing and Five Ten Climbing Shoes. Come visit for more information.

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