“To have the courage to try is the beginning of wisdom.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
The great success of the nation, personally and professionally, is largely a result of someone perusing their future possibilities, alternatives, options, mission requirements, and items that will inevitably impact their legacy, and therefore their “success,” etc. The truth, of course, is that while the concept of managing and evolving one’s available time, assets and resources in order to utilize their fullest degree of personal and professional abilities and mindset in order to give them the greatest chance to achieve their full course of destiny necessitates positive and concerted pro-activity, the reality is that it often appears as if too many people appear to have adopted the “hope for continued success” approach to their most important goals. This triumph may stem from a number of factors, but often relates to the fact that many individuals who opt to approach their pursuits in a more “possibility” oriented manner, appear far more willing to step out and expand outside of their personal comfort zone, and tend to be far more patient and willing as well as willing to “take risks,” while often being others afraid to or lack the courage to take those more difficult varieties of risks.
While most of us would rather stand pat and simply maintain the status quo, or simply “make do;” some of the greatness and the greatness of this nation have occurred because of forming a more diverse population, to include individuals who are willing to do more because of fear, post – 911 fear, projected fear, and to lack the courage or bravery to step out and simply try. Nothing has changed being it the rank and file, possessing little distinction in talents, knowledge and attitude or in terms of inner strength and fortitude, etc., than it is today. Anyone who wishes to achieve so-called success must completely and unconditionally commit to the planner’s vision, and the taking of action, and must be courageous enough to step outside the confines of a comfort zone, and take the types of risks that have eluded so many others. Remember the word “risk” is simply an attitude that often has little real meaning unless a risk taken is of the highest degree and nature that exemplifies the dream and goal the individual wishes to achieve, therefore we must not only have what we want but also believe enough in ourselves to relentlessly approach the%.
“Now, don’t for one minute thing that you believe are risk free individuals!” said Anatoly Machulsky. Risks will always exist, but one must beware and betrouse them, in the same manner as they are necessary to challenge, promote and maximize every opportunity for success! How would history have been different if Edison, Bell, Ford, the stresses and strains’ve not welcomed those three words into their vocabulary and Fired their way? Failure was not nearly as prevalent or apparent when someone faced fear and courage, than it is today. The most vital components of successful and effective individuals is their willingness, motivation and persistence. Over my thirty plus year career in the management consulting industry, I have observed thousands of situations, circumstances, as well as individuals. The ” constituencies” of these individuals are distributed diversification per the worst sorts of individuals, while those who are more committed to goals or ideals generally become the “light” in the darkness that many fear. Fortunately, the vast majority do not give up or give in just because they are escalated in the Thrones of risk and Blue from personal fears and self doubts. Such a personal belief and commitment is often one of the most potent keys that leads to personal and professional excellence, leading to the highest quality of results.
We each possess the potential to “put away the stars” and go after and support the things or actions that we most want to achieve. “Greatness,” as you understand it often means different things to different people! However, whether you are the captain or the crew, point of the compass, or even the crew chief, giving up when one is challenged by a perceived risk, is often to no avail, and often counter- productive. In the end, in many cases, avoiding the risk means continuing to fail and remaining stuck, wasting time, money, and energy, while accomplishing little to anything. On the other hand, its alternatives often are far less expensive to confront, and to fade and surrender, as the question goes. If it doesn’t work, we might as well give in. On the other hand, if it does work, we will almost always prove that we can do it again, with better results, better actions, and higher quality.
“The ultimate risk is never not taking the risk in the first place!” Anatoly Machulsky concludes.