“The person who fails the most usually wins.”
-Seth Godin

My goal for today is to take a risk.

How often do I take a risk, knowing that my venture very well could fall flat on its face? Not too often.  Other than periodically trying to take Asia in the board game Risk, I am by nature more cautious.  I usually hold my cards up to my chest and only play them if I know I will succeed.  I like playing it safe, I usually stick to holding Australia and South America in Risk.

Lesson from Walt Disney
I once heard a line by Walt Disney on this very subject.  He said that all young people need to have a good failure when they are young.  We need a to take a chance on something that might fall flat.  With few exceptions, failing big when we’re young won’t necessarily destroy us.

There are a few things we should not gamble with when it comes to risking failure though.  Starting a heavy manufacturing company on a whim might not be a wise idea, with the large initial investment of machinery, space, and labor could wreck a life.  Perhaps that idea needs to be developed with a good deal of thought.  But the book idea that is swirling around in your head, that’s worth pursuing.  The idea of starting a Bible study in your home, that’s worth pursuing.  The idea of helping out at a shelter of some sort, that’s worth pursuing.  What’s the consequences of trying those things and failing?  Thank about it.

Most things we want to start can be done with some time and a little bit of money in the front end.  Writing a book can be done if the writer-to-be gets up a couple of hours earlier when the cares of the world are still fast asleep.  The teacher who wants to conduct a small Bible study at their home or church can do that, if they put a little bit of time daily into preparation and risk asking people he or she knows.  What’s the consequence of failing here?  Sure a book might not sell, give it away for free online on a blog.  Sure, people might not show up to a study, but taking the risk will mean that the teacher becomes a little more knowledgeable about a passage of Scripture.  At the end of those ventures, the person comes out a little more knowledgeable and a little more giving.  It took JK Rowling a few book failures to create Harry Potter.  Walt Disney was also fired for a lack of imagination, and we can see where that lead him!

Lesson from Jeremy Riley
For me, I have submitted a couple of articles for publishing but have not heard back from them.  They might not like the piece or it might not fit the editor’s taste, but what have I lost from taking a chance and sending it to them?  A 700-word piece made me focus a little bit more and made me work a little harder on a project.

Did I fail at that particular goal?  Yes.  Does the rejection sting a little?  Yes!  But dear reader, please hear me, I took a risk and I am better for it.  I took a chance or two and now I have moved further in my pursuit of writing.

I took a risk and survived.  And I tell you what, I’m glad I did.  For who knows what the future might bring, maybe the third or thirtieth time is the charm! Who knows what my story has in store for me just around the corner.

What risks have you taken lately?