“No risk equals no reward”. It is cliché to say the least, but clichés are clichés because they are accurate. This cliché is definitely true.
Throughout my life I have never achieved any kind of benefit, at least, a significant benefit that was worthwhile and beneficial, without taking some risk that included money, time, effort, energy, etc.
Two years ago, I started preparing for the next stage in my career. When I say two years ago, I mean it was go time. I had been preparing myself for several years prior to that time, but now it was leap time.
At the time, I thought I knew what that next stage was it was and what it looked like. I had been preparing myself for years for this next stage. I invested the resources to enhance my current skills. I made it a priority to seek out and develop new skills. I put in the work and time that was required to ensure I was ready to take the leap into this next phase.
Secondly, I also made sure that my personal finances and life in general was in order. I didn’t want any financial concerns or constraints to prevent me from making this leap. Nor did I want to make the leap and fall flat, because I didn’t have things in order.
So with everything in order, it was go time. I did it. I knew it would be hard, I knew there would be hardships. I knew that in the short run, that things wouldn’t be the same as they were before.
I was used to living off of a six figure plus salary. I was used to spending freely and doing what I want. I was used to not thinking too much about how and where I spent every single dollar. I had enough disposable income that money wasn’t a constant concern.
I took the leap, and now that I am on the other side of it. I can tell you exactly how much it cost me. I can tell you exactly how much less I had to spend this year, versus the previous ten years. I took a $50,000 dollar risk.
As I planned the leap I didn’t know what the cost would be. Actually, I thought it wouldn’t have been that much. Well, honestly, I didn’t know what it would cost. You know why? Because I had never been here before. I had never taken a this leap before. I had never taken this risk. It was all new.
Monetarily I know what the cost was this year. It is easy to see. What isn’t as obvious is the growth that I had this year. The things I learned that I would have never known if I hadn’t taken the leap. The things I learned about me and what I like and don’t like. My true strengths and some of my weaknesses. What is best for me, and what is not good for me. How business works and doesn’t work. I learned about people. You can’t put a dollar figure on any of these things.
Most of us never venture out far enough to actually see how far we can go. We instead have to play it safe, because we are afraid or because of our lifestyle, we have to stay close to the dock, and never really swim out far enough to realize we can swim as far out as our mind will take us.
As you wrap up 2017, let me ask you: Would you be willing to take a $50,000 risk for your growth and development? Or maybe a better question is this: Can you even do it?
The second question is probably the more important one. Have you put yourself in a position to know what you are truly capable of. Or have you been doing the same things for so long and getting the same results, that you can’t even begin to fathom what it would be like to do something else.
Are your debts and obligations such, that you have to keep doing what you have always done? Again, I know what this looks like, I did it for many years before I learned that I had to prepare myself today for the future I want tomorrow.
If you want to learn more about how I did this, and how you can do it. Reach out to me and lets talk. We all need a little coaching in our life. Someone to hold us accountable and help us get to a place where we have never been before. Are you willing to take a risk?
To your success and your future.