A young man who was discontented about the uncertainty of his future and in a quandary as to which direction to take with his life, sat in a park, watching squirrels scamper among the trees. Suddenly, a squirrel jumped from one high tree to another. It appeared to be aiming for a limb so far out of reach that the leap looked like suicide.
As the young man had anticipated, the squirrel missed it’s mark –but, it landed safe and unconcerned, on a branch several feet lower. Then, it climbed to its goal and all was well. “A squirrel takes a chance. Have I less nerve than a squirrel? They’ve got to risk if they don’t want to spend their lives in one tree”, the young man concluded
The moral of the story is clear – Shoot for the moons. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars! If you must dream, dream well and dream big. It doesn’t cost a dime.
The ball is in your court and the choice is yours. What will you rather do? Spend your whole life one tree? Or, take a chance? Get out of your comfort zone and jump. It is risky not to take a risk.
Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic! One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at. “You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take” says Wayne Gretzky.
I like the way Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it. He said “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?