There is a saying among old cowboys in the west: “A man of courage is the majority.”
When I write about courage, gut strength, courage, and boldness to differentiate yourself, it is not to encourage you to do stupid, risky things. I’m not looking for the daring mentality that will make you rappel off the Brooklyn Bridge or swim with the sharks. You don’t have to be like a CEO who said, “I’ve always taken risks. When I was 54 I married an 18 year old. Her father didn’t like me or the idea at all. I told him, ‘Look, you’re not losing a daughter. You’re gaining a brother. ’. . . I was a hyperactive kid who always got into trouble, like looking into a gas tank with a match. I’ve learned that you don’t. “
I do not ask for complete fearlessness and risk without thinking. Just do it a little more often than you have in the past – and more often than others. If you hold back, you will stall, slip back, disappear from sight, and sink into the equality of the people around you.
A calculated risk is just another way of saying:
Show some spine.
Put it on the line and look through it.
Leave everything on the field.
Work creatively with fear.
Think about the unpopular thing.
Have the courage to step off the grid.
Be ready to bet your job on a hunch.
Get out of the box.
Don’t be afraid to fall flat on your face.
If you don’t fight your way through shyness, you will regret it. Few people look back on their lives and think, “Wow, I should never have looked for this bigger job.” But many will look back with regret: “Why didn’t I have the courage to try my hand at this bigger job?” Or “Why didn’t I speak?” “Why didn’t I ascend?” “Why didn’t I reinforce it?” “Why why why?”