Would you expect to be given a raise for no reason? How about six-pack abs without doing a single crunch your whole life? While this would be welcomed by all it’s highly unlikely. For most of us that old adage, “no risk, no reward” is the reality we are more familiar with.
Let’s look at the best part of the whole “no risk, no reward” mantra. The reward. According to the Cambridge dictionary, the word “award” is defined as “something given in exchange for good behavior or good work, etc.” Going by this definition it would seem that “participation trophies” aren’t as ludicrous as they would seem. Though they may be doing more harm than good. But, that’s another story for another day.
If you think the above definition is logical and agree with the fact that good behavior or good work ethic should be the bare minimum requirements for a reward, then you should be right on board with the idea that risk is also needed. That’s right you need to risk something to receive an award.
Simply presenting good behavior or work ethics will not always ensure you a reward in exchange. There are people right now who have done all their chores or kissed the boss’ ass for years but still have yet to reap the benefits. No, I’m not saying you should do good things just because you expect good things in return. I am saying that in order to get the rewards you feel you deserve you will have to risk not getting a damn thing.
In contrast, if you are too scared to ever risk wasting your time, effort, money, etc, then you will diminish your chances of getting the reward which you desire. Use today as a starting point to risk something. Let it burn. Let it scare you. Get the feeling of fear under your control so that it doesn’t keep you from reaching your goals.
If you are afraid of losing you won’t ever have the opportunity to win. I think the NFL’s greatest player of all time, Wayne Gretzky said it best; “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”