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The Risky Business of Living Life to the Fullest

2012 October 17

Everything about living life to the fullest is risky. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.

Will you embrace risk to live a larger life?What does risk mean to you?

More often than not our first thoughts are of risks associated with business or finance, but the reality is life is all about taking risks. In fact we have the opportunity to risk dozens of times each day.

It’s a risk to express an honest opinion, to try something new or give your all to a job or project. Everything about opening yourself to love is risky, and yet many would argue the greatest risk of all is choosing to extend unconditional trust.

It takes courage to risk and most of us make choices that allow us to stay well within our comfort zone. We hesitate to take action until things feel “right,”  or there is some guarantee of an acceptable (safe) outcome.

No question … to risk means taking the chance that we may end up appearing foolish or vunerable, and yes, maybe even fail. But avoiding risk means missing out on the thrill of feeling fully alive and becoming all that we are meant to be. The truth is there is just so much more to life than most of us are living.

Are you willing to embrace risk if it means living a bigger life?

  • Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says, “They are all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections.” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts—and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live—the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects. ~Neil Simon
  • If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn
  • Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~e.e. cummings
  • Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. ~Denis Waitley
  • If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ~Annie Dillard
  • Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. ~Maxwell Maltz
  • Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can and surely will at times fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk. ~Joyce Brothers
  • Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. ~Walter Anderson
  • Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. ~Gary Ryan Blair
  • If you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there. ~Mark Cuban
  • You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try, and you don’t take the risk. ~Rosalynn Carter
  • Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day. ~Rober von Oech
  • The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. ~Leo F. Buscaglia
  • The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. ~W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. ~Cadet Maxim
  • When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly. ~Patrick Overton
  • In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk. ~Robert Kiyosaki
  • When you play it safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow anymore. ~Shirley M. Hufstedler

Choose your risk intentionally, don’t try to avoid it. Create a great life story; don’t settle for watching safely from the sidelines.

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14 Responses
  1. December 29, 2012

    It is almost a cruel joke isn’t it, that we were once pre-wired with a strong sense of fear to keep us safe. For so many years that sense of fear was what ensured we got to live life to the fullest (as opposed to being gobbled up by something scary,) yet now that same sense of fear is what is holding so many of us back.

    It will be an ongoing battle for many of us to completely shake that pre-installed fear but there is no doubting that in the modern era, we need it a lot less that we used to and now, it holds us back a lot more than it helps us out.

    Wonderful post, as always. Thought provoking!

  2. October 24, 2012

    If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that never taking risks makes for a wasted life. I’m not asking you to go out and play a round of Russian roulette or something, but you’ll find that once you erase your inhibitions, the things preventing you from stepping out of your comfort zone, you’ll be a much happier person. Thanks for the great share.

  3. October 23, 2012

    Hi Marquita,
    A wonderful post!!! Few of the pointers you have mentioned in this post, are indeed great lines with deeper meaning. The quotes are true words of wisdom. I loved this one “The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” Thanks for sharing this post.

  4. October 21, 2012

    Wonderful blog post, Marquita. I have been listening to some training by MLM superstar, Randy Gage. His position is “Safe is the new risky.” I absolutely believe this. All of us should be stepping outside of our comfort zones right about now. Everything most of us believed has been turned upside down.

    We really need to go for the gusto, and move relentlessly and passionately towards our goals.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  5. October 19, 2012

    Hi Marty, I like this quote the best “You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try, and you don’t take the risk.” ~Rosalynn Carter

    I remember when I started my first business, I often “didn’t” take action on recommended things because – I thought, if I don’t do that, then I won’t fail. It took me awhile to realize that I had to take the risk of failing, so I could succeed.

    Have a great weekend Marty!

  6. October 18, 2012

    One my my key focus points over the past 3 months has been “Telling a new Story”, and I can tell you, Marty, it makes a huge difference when the story you are telling lines up with your “Why” and your passions in life. “Tell your life’s story as if you already Are the person you want to be, living the life of your dreams.” – David H. Paul

    Take Care,

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  7. October 18, 2012

    thank you for this. again, you inspire me, make me think, deeply. living life to the fullest- is that not what we all most deeply desire.
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  8. October 18, 2012


    Love the quotes, especially “Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” ~Rober von Oech

    Thanks for sharing

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  9. October 18, 2012

    Hi Marty

    Its not always easy to step out of your comfort zone but being fearful is worse. We are taught from a young age not to take risks. Even our mothers said ‘be careful’ every day when he went outside the house. I have to be so mindful not to say it to my children. I still feel it but I try to express it another way so that they learn to step out and take action and not be so fearful. thanks for sharing the post with us.
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  10. October 17, 2012

    I love the quote that says if we never fall over, we’d never learn to walk. We spend so much of our life avoiding mistakes or trying not to make them. NO wonder life gets a bit stalled at times.
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  11. October 17, 2012

    that’s right
    people will always try to put us down whenever we announce that we want to do something big
    i think ignoring them is the best thing we can do
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  12. Sophia permalink
    October 17, 2012

    What do you mean by “living life to the fullest”?

    • October 18, 2012

      Welcome Sophia … living life to the fullest will look differently for each of us because what matters most to me will be different than what matters most to you. Bottom line it’s about taking the time to understand who you are, and what you want to do with your life and then going for it without reservation. That’s not always a comfortable thing to do :-)

  13. October 17, 2012

    Reading your post Marty and especially the last quote I recalled the difference between laying not to lose and playing to win. Huge difference!

    Thanks for reminding me to do a check list in my life and business to double check if I am still fearing to take the leap or rather play it safe.

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