“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”. Mark Zuckerman
The rich guy said it himself 😉
When I say, I love my comfort zone, OMG, just the thought of leaving it brings me so much anxiety. I recently completed my 2nd course of grad school and over heard that we may be taking our next course at an alternate location. Just the thought of possibly getting out of my weekend routine annoyed me! The thought of having accessible parking or any other favorable results never got the chance to cross my mind, my eyes were already rolling towards the back of my head.
One of my weaknesses is change. It scares the shit out of me and because of this, I am always challenging myself to try new things and take risks. Each birthday, for the past few years I have set a major goal for me to accomplish, something that challenges me and takes me out of my comfort zone. Starting my business, although it is on temporary hiatus as I work towards my 2nd master’s degree, was a big step for me. After reading a few books like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” I realized that I had to become more independent. My business is my plan B. I still haven’t gotten the whole residual income thing down pact but hopefully in the near future, I can accomplish that. What I can say, is that if I lost my job tomorrow my hustle would prevent me from starving. Being broke isn’t an option from me, so I take risks.
Last year, I took a trip to Jamaica alone, for my birthday. Most of my friends and family called me crazy and tried to deter me from going away without being accompanied by anyone, but I went anyway, and they were some of the best days of my life. Jamaica is such a beautiful place. I am glad that I didn’t allow people to discourage me from taking that risk.
As a teacher, you could assume that I am confident with public speaking because I stand in from of students all day and talk, but that is far from my reality. I cannot stand speaking in public and I cannot stand the spotlight. I won’t say that I lack confidence, but I would rather be in the cut getting the work done. I can do all the planning and make sure that everything is executed effectively. Pleasing my clients is simple, but getting in front of the camera or crowd, eh… not so fast!
As I move forward in my career, I will not allow anything in my control to prevent me from becoming successful. As I celebrate another birthday, I’ve decided that this year I will overcome my fear of public speaking. I have chosen to join Toastmasters International, in hopes that I can gain the skills to make me a more effective speaker and leader.
Pray for me!