It is very important to take risks from time to time. There is no safety in a “sure thing,” because as many people have learned throughout time, a failed sure thing can often lead to more disappointment than a risk. Taking a risk is always hard, and those who take risks are always doubted, but the success of one risk can make up for the failures of a million tries. I like to liken risk taking to a basketball game, the higher the risk of the shot the greater the reward, but a failed “easy” shot yields the same result as a failed three pointer. In my opinion, the best way to consider risk taking is to remember that the outcome of failure is no different, but the reward of success is much more splendid. To be honest, I feel as though I have taken far too few risks in my life. I know that I have not been around that long, but I have had my fair share of failures, and it seems like my failures have pushed me to “play it safe” far too often. Playing it safe can still get you where you want to be, but taking risks is what makes life a bit more colorful. I will most definitely be taking more risks in the near future. I know that it is impossible to plan out risks that will be taken, but if you try and take several “calculated risks” per year, you will find yourself extremely satisfied with the results of your successes.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t
Jerry rice is considered by many to be the greatest wide receiver of all time, and while many may look at him and see a man of pure talent, he had to work very hard to reach his goals. Jerry Rice is the NFL record holder for receptions, and in his storied career he has taken home just about every accolade possible at his position. The key to Rice’s greatness was not just his talent, but also his persistence and drive to never be caught in complacency. I’m sure Rice could have stopped playing football years before he actually retired, and still had a hall of fame career, but for Jerry he was dead set on excelling at the game he loved, and worked hard at it until he could no longer physically play. This quote by Rice perfectly encompasses his uncanny drive and it can be seen as the theme of his career. Jerry Rice believed that hard work trumps talent, and where there is already talent, hard work bolsters it. This quote can be seen as a lesson to anyone trying to perfect a craft, if you actually want to succeed you have to work at it, and if you want to be the best you must work harder than anyone else ever did. The career of Jerry Rice is more than just historic, it is a living testament to the fruits of hard work. The work one puts into perfecting a task will not be seen by everyone, but as long as you work harder than everyone else does, you will succeed like nobody else ever did.
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.
Never stop chasing your dreams, that is a motto that seems to find its way into my blog regularly, and it is definitely one to live by. I honestly believe reaching a goal successfully takes hard work, preparation, and persistence. There is no better way to portray true persistence than by likening it to breaking down a brick wall. A brick wall is tough, and knocking one down is a daunting task, but the incredible thing is that brick walls are not unbreakable. Though these walls are meant to keep things out, if one wanted to get through it all they need is time and a true desire to break it down. Randy Pausch made this statement to a class of his students during his “last lecture,” he knew he was given a death sentence, but he decided that the brick wall that was his health was not going to keep him from sharing his life lessons and wisdom with his students one last time. Pausch used the brick wall to describe any obstacle that his students may face in life, and let them know that these “brick walls” are only walls to those who don’t want it bad enough. Obstacles in life, like a brick wall, always seem extraordinary, but with persistence, hard work, and desire, any brick wall can be broken down.