We’ve all heard the saying “You only have one life to live so live it to the fullest.” Most people get this message, yet little actually apply it. Why? Why is it so hard for people to actually act on this concept?
Because it’s so much easier to play it safe in life.
It takes a lot of guts to actually go against the standard and go against conventional wisdom. We all tend to fall under the guise of fitting in and being like everyone else, secretly longing we could have the courage to stand up and stand out from the norm.
It’s quite the paradox in fact.
Most people aren’t willing to be unique even though we all dread being so similar to everyone else. Whether in your personal life, professional life, or fairy tale life, you need courage to do something bold.
No great innovation has been complete throughout time without some degree of bravery. Whether Edison, Ford, Rockefeller, or Einstein; all of these original pioneers had to go against the current to pursue their dreams. They had to listen to their convictions and what they knew to be right. Luckily for us, they were all brave enough to take the necessary risks in life.
Following in the footsteps of our forefather’s past, do what you really want to do in life…especially your dating life! Approach beautiful women you see at the bar. Ask out a girl you’ve had a crush on for years. Throw a party and have all of your friends (including plenty of women) come to it. Build your social circle up and make new friends. Talk to everyone and become more social and outgoing. Take a dance or acting class and become more comfortable expressing yourself. Do something! Stop fearing the unknown and start making things happen.
“You have nothing to fear but fear itself.” This is perhaps the greatest sentiment ever expressed when it comes to putting yourself out there. Fear of failure can be crippling in life. So many people fall victim to it. And for what? Because they don’t want to make a fool out of themselves. Because they don’t want to take a risk and be different. Because it’s tough to do what they really want to do in life.
But why? Why have we been conditioned to be ordinary, normal, and average in life? Why is it okay to strive for mediocrity? Strive for something greater! Push yourself and become something great, something that makes you proud.
I conceive that mediocrity is the absolute worst position to take in life. Not because it’s bad to just be okay at something, but because most people choose to not even try when they choose to be mediocre. They give up their soul, their energy, their spirit and who they are inside when they choose to do something without giving it their all!
Life is hard. It’s often easy to play it safe and just be average. Most people do it. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of work to stand out and be different and decide to go for your dreams. But even if you fail, if you don’t succeed in what you wanted to achieve, you’ll be much happier than if you didn’t try. There’s nothing worse than not even trying. Nothing worse than wasted talent.
Giving up on your dreams, not taking risks, and playing it safe all your life is the ultimate waste of talent. Not only this, it’s a waste of life…your life. Life is about trying new things, facing adversity, failing, learning, growing, loving, and ultimately fulfilling the sharpest desires of the soul and finding happiness. You can’t do this without taking risks. Stop playing it safe; start living. Take a risk today and do something you always wanted to do! Either that or sit back and let life pass you by, after all, most people do…