Yes, that’s what this man would say to many of us who think a lot about what we want to do. It does sound risky. Afterall, it goes against what parents and teachers tell us. We always have to be ready before doing something. We need to prepare ourselves for exams to get excellent grades. We need to prepare for interviews. We need to have Plan B, C, D and E should everything else fail.
I’m not saying we should be mindless individuals who pack our suitcases to simply answer our “calling”. I am hardly a risk taker. I always play it safe so that I don’t have to suffer any loss especially when it involves money. I think not only twice, but thrice and many more times before making my mind up. That’s not to say I’m not a decision maker. I have made pretty good decisions in life and at work but I do put in a lot of effort to think through various scenarios before deciding. As a kid, I had always been urged to think through carefully of what consequences my actions would bring, and how it would affect others. To an extent, I think my upbringing made me a cautious person.
Having to think through a million scenarios makes one aware of the risks involved. This isn’t a bad thing. It is important for us to know what we’re getting ourselves into. However, it is important to not just stop at “thinking”. There should be a need to teach children how to deal with possible failures should their decision be incorrect. More importantly, there should be more emphasis on being adventurous and simply, realising the idea.
As an adult, there are still times when people try to tell me the cons or risks involved in my ideas. I know they do that because they don’t want me to fail or get hurt in the process. But giving me an entire list of “WHY YOU SHOULD NOT DO IT” is discouraging. If it’s not a matter of life and death, I would like to live by the motto “Screw it, let’s do it”.
It’s only normal for people to plant doubts in our heads (and I’m guilty of it too) to make us scared. I’ve learnt to take their words with a pinch of salt. If you really have a good idea, how would you know you would fail without even giving yourself a chance to try?
If we’re in any way similar, we get thrilled by doing something people say we can never achieve. My secondary school maths teacher called me stupid until my mum found me a tutor who made algebra as simple as ABC for me and I aced it. A boy at junior college mocked me for coming from a neigbourhood secondary school and hence assumed I couldn’t write proper English until he found out I scored a distinction for General Paper (English) at A levels. People who called me fat didn’t believe I could lose weight until I did so by exercising. It was the inner ego that screamed out loud “I did it!”.
Daniel is probably one of THE most encouraging person I know. When every one laughed at my sandwich bar idea when I was 21 (I came up with the idea when I was 17), his response was “That’s so cool! You should do it!” and continued thinking of the different sandwiches I should serve in the bar.
It is so important to not let negative comments blind and hinder us from achieving our goals. Yes, it’s really not easy to just screw it and get on with it, but I’m trying. What about you? Are you a “worrier” like me or do you always find yourself taking the plunge?