NaBloPoMo – Taking Risks!

NaBloPoMo is the acronym for National Blog Posting Month – hosted by Melissa Ford of Blogher EVERY month, with a theme each month and writing prompts on weekdays. The theme for March is RISK.

I missed the prompt on Friday, March 1st, so I thought I would cover it now:

Do you think it’s better to play it safe or to take risks?

I don’t want to simply say “It depends” – but it sort of does! I mean, you should use wisdom and common sense and not do something risky that would be potentially dangerous. Yet at times, we need to take risks that might be outside our comfort zones, that may be challenging, yet succeeding in a risky step of faith may help us grow and reap rewards we would not obtain otherwise.

For instance, if I hadn’t taken the risk of cautiously trying online dating, following two unsuccessful marriages (the first one only last a few months and the second one lasted about 20 years) – I never would have met the love of my life, Dave. We have been together now for 10 years, and married for 7 (just celebrated that anniversary last month, on February 11th).

My Hubby and Me, from several years ago.

If I hadn’t taken the risk of enrolling in a doctoral program – I wouldn’t now, 3 1/2 years later, be entering the dissertation phase of earning my Ed.D. degree in Educational Technology and E-Learning, and encountering new career opportunities.

If I hadn’t taken the risk of participating in various professional development opportunities, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to take further risks in inquiring about, and applying to, relevant career openings and gaining valuable experience.

So I guess  the answer is under certain circumstances, it’s better to take risks and step outside your comfort zone, in order to grow personally and professionally.

What do you think? Do you prefer to play it safe or do you take risks? What are some risks that have been worthwile for you?

 

4 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo – Taking Risks!

  1. It depends on the situation, but I think most of the time it is better to take risks. If you don’t jump in and take the risk, you will never know. Then you will always wonder, “What if?”

    It’d be miserable for me to constantly wonder “What if?” instead of “Why’d I do that?” (And I have A LOT of “Why’d I do that?” moments in my life lol.)
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