Friday, 9 December 2016

Why You Must Take Calculated Risks

“The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no absolute certainty in any human endeavor. When there is a reasonable chance of success, the best thing to do is to go ahead. If you wait till all the conditions are right and favorable, you may never commence. You may lose many opportunities because of indecision. You should therefore learn to take calculated risks all the time. In the year 1980, Mr. Ted Turner announced his plans for a new business venture. He announced that he wanted to begin round-the-clock television broadcasting to the whole world. This is how Cable News Network, CNN was born. At the beginning, many people doubted the sanity of Mr. Turner. He was tough enough to face the criticisms and near early-failure that was the lot of the venture. He stayed the course and nurtured CNN to revolutionize and redefine the entire broadcasting industry of the world. CNN matured to become a multi-billion dollar enterprise and Mr. Turner as a result became one of the wealthiest and most powerful media men in the world. He took risks and strode to wealth in his unshakable vision and toughness to stay the course of his convictions. It is a fact of life that those who always make a difference are those who take risks, make tough decisions and generally live on the edge.

Those who always play safe, extra-cautious and never take risks somehow manage to miss a lot of opportunities. They seldom make progress. People who are too cautious never get to live a full life. I have taken this statement to heart since I came across a particular poem in July 1997 at Kotoka Airport in Ghana. While waiting for my luggage, I leafed through a magazine and a poem caught my attention. I can’t now recall the author but I wrote it down and herewith reproduce it for you.

“There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played.
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied.
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never died.”

Take this poem to heart. It comes handy whenever you become too complacent.

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