I’m a risk taker, well not really. I take risks when it benefits me. Not as in it makes me money or advances my career. I take risks to get better.
I have a terrifying fear of heights. But you wouldn’t know that unless you knew me well now. I took a risk and I corrected my fear of heights from something immobilizing to something that is freeing. Jumping from the AU building when I was younger was the best 8 seconds of my life. I was in full control of my descent. I was not afraid of anything in those 8 seconds.
Steve Kamb talks about the 20 seconds of courage. I use it all the time. It was not something I learned from Steve but as a kid and I didn’t call it my 20 seconds of courage. It was all about psyching yourself up and then just doing it. No fear! I hear two of the famous slogans of my youth – Just Do It! and of course No Fear!
Every time I walk into the plate glass elevator of the AU building I am conquering my fear, and taking a risk. Every time I go to sleep I take a risk. Every time.
Risks are a part of life. You either do or you don’t. I risk my life in my job. I get that, but it’s my job so I just do it. Change is difficult for me which makes making these risks so hard, but I do it. The only way to get through the storm is to move forward and sometimes you just have to risk taking that next step even if you think it will kill you to do it.