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The Risk Dilemma

November 5, 2013

A week or so ago, Seth Godin had another great post.  He reminded us that when you are explicit about what you want in life, the odds of achieving or acquiring that thing go up.  But at the same time you risk disappointment if it doesn’t happen.   In life,we can play it safe and keep to what we know and what is predictable.  But when we protect ourselves from the disappointment and lows, we miss out on the highs as well.  It’s the dilemma of risk.

Anyway, Seth said it better so I’ve include his post below. 

On owning it

If you announce what you want, if you are clear about what’s on offer, if you set goals…

  • the chances of accomplishing your goal go up, and so does…
  • the chance that you will be disappointed

For many people, apparently, it’s better to not get what you want than it is to be disappointed. The resistance is powerful indeed.

Every time you use waffle words, back off from a clear statement of values and priorities and most of all, think about what’s likely instead of what’s possible, you are selling yourself out. Not just selling yourself out, but doing it too cheaply.

Own your dreams. There is no better way to make them happen.

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