September 23, 2002
How many times have we heard the old slogan "better safe than sorry" repeated? Workers have been repeatedly told that they should always think "safety first". Our peers have warned us of the perils that could assail us should we fail to "play it safe". Yikes! If you took all of this super cautious advice to heart, you would believe that taking any kind of risk whatsoever would be an unconscionable transgression that could ultimately destroy your life. I have a little something to say about all of this advice. Hogwash!
Where would we be as a country if nobody had the nerve or the verve to take a risk? There certainly wouldn't be an America, since no one would have dared to risk the possible retribution that a revolution would certainly bring. We would not enjoy all the conveniences we take for granted today, since no entrepreneur would have ever invested their time or capital on chasing a risky invention or endeavor. Thank goodness that Americans have been some of the boldest and brashest risk takers in history. We didn't get where we are today by playing it safe.
Successful people throughout history have dared to take a risk and so must you. In reality, the only real risk we'll ever face occurs when we fail to give ourselves a chance to succeed. Haven't you ever thought about letting your hair down, throwing caution to the wind and boldly going out and living life on your own terms? Then why don't you?
You have got to be willing to open the chute and take the ride of your life just like a rodeo cowboy. You have to push past that safety zone that has held you back for oh so long, placing your full fledged trust in yourself and your refuse to lose attitude. You've got to be a little like the river boat gambler who is willing to roll the dice in order to hit the big jack pot.
Winners treat life like a great big piñata, continually whacking it, beating it and banging it until it cracks open and something good falls out. Good things happen when you believe in yourself, are willing to take a chance on yourself and keep working your plan until you get the job done. When you are willing to bet on yourself, you have just bet on a sure fire winner.
Just like a powerful tornado, you'll swoop in out of nowhere, a swirling, whirling, irrepressible, wide open and rolling ball of relentless energy. You will blow out the candles, upset the apple cart, turn over the lawn furniture, mow down anything and everything that stands in your path and most importantly, have the time of your life doing it.
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