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Why Risk-Taking Pays Off

Why Risk-Taking Pays Off

Jake Ducey shares how our destiny is in reach if we only look within ourselves and are willing to take a risk.

Everything is a risk. It’s a risk to stay where we are in our life just as much as it’s a risk to step into unfamiliar territory. The question is not, “Which decision is a risk and which isn’t?”

The question is, “Which decision reaps the highest reward?”

This is the principle of calculated risks, which governs our lives; take a step into the unknown and life will reward you for your courage. Yes, it may be scary, but fear is an innate part of the human experience. It can become the chain and ball that locks us in the ordinary, or the wind that blows us into the extraordinary. We choose how to use it. The choice is always ours.

The paradox of the preceding is that the choices most of us make aren’t for ourselves. Instead they are to please others and fit in, so that we may live the path of least resistance, which is of lesser reward.

If we do choose to step outside of the norms, it’s not “us” to have everything little thing planned out, to know exactly how everything will work out. All we have to know is that it will work out perfectly.

When we can put our trust in life like this, we open ourselves to the miracles that are everywhere. Most of us just never experience them because we are so closed in our view, there is so much mental and physical tension in our life that there’s no open space for life to flow through us. This, in essence, is when we are not living true to ourselves….Continue reading on

Jake is the author of Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose.

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7:30AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:29PM PDT on May 28, 2013


5:46PM PDT on May 27, 2013


9:06AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Fear is your guidence telling you 'not a good idea'. Spirit doesn't die, but the body does, so if your life here is important to you, know that fear is a warning. Over coming it just desensatizes you so you start doing stupid things and people call you brave. Too many people get themselves into messes then have to be rescued by others who have to risk their own safety to help. If you want to do something risky, ask yourself what is the safest way for my body to procede? It's the one that pays the price if your 'great idea' fails.

9:35AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Weighing and discriminating, then pondering...

6:26AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:49AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Taking calculated risk is sensible and rewarding

3:48AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Taking calculated risk is sensible

2:23AM PDT on May 26, 2013

He is probably correct as far as throwing caution to the wind and branching out to please yourself goes. There are bound to be rewards as well as pitfalls. It's rather hard to just discard the ones around us though don't you think? There's a high risk of burning all your bridges just to get what you want, hurting a lot of people and doing a lot of damage too. Sounds all to simplistic to me.

8:27PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

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