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).
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?