Know that nothing will come to you if you sit and wait - go get it!

9/20/20232 min read

person wearing blue and white sneakers
person wearing blue and white sneakers

The English precept "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" serves as a timeless reminder that achieving our life goals requires us to step out of our comfort zones and take risks. Too often, our talents and abilities lie dormant due to a fear of failure, rejection, or disappointment. We often let those who challenge us negatively stifle our progress, preventing us from reaching our true potential. We worry about losing what little we have, not realizing that taking risks is like planting seeds that will eventually yield a harvest.

An Uncertain Life

Here's how I see it: Life is far from perfect; it's filled with uncertainty, and it's up to us to navigate the chaos of the world and carve out a niche for ourselves. Staying stagnant and waiting is not an option. In the words of the 26th President of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt, "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

Fear stifles creativity. There's an old Spanish proverb that translates to "sitting around in hope won't put food on the table." It's much better to take a chance and do the work, understanding that setbacks are not necessarily failures but lessons in life that prepare us for the journey ahead. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Even from our parents, who love us unconditionally, they expect our respect and want to see us make the most of their gifts.

If you believe in yourself, you're already on the right path. If you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect others to have faith in you? Are you willing to put in the effort required? Remember, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Are you ready to continually work on improving your knowledge and skills? We should all strive for personal and professional development opportunities by attending workshops, networking events, engaging in self-directed learning, and utilizing available resources. This not only makes us more knowledgeable but also more competitive, and we never know when those skills will come in handy.

See it in your Mind; see it with Your Eyes

"What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" – Napoleon Hill. Do you believe it? Do you trust it? If so, why not make it happen? If we want to succeed, we must take action. Simply completing a task, such as building a website, and waiting for sales to increase isn't the way to go. Once we've made a plan, we need to develop the right mindset and perseverance to counter those who might undermine our efforts with negative energy. It's okay to make mistakes, but be unwilling to repeat the same ones.

Surround yourself with a supportive network, people who share your vision and can assist you on your journey. And when the money starts flowing, remember the Latin saying: "Money should be mastered, not served."

In conclusion, embracing challenges and taking calculated risks is the key to achieving success. We must believe in ourselves, continuously improve our skills, and be willing to put in the effort required to reach our goals. Remember, there are no shortcuts to success, but with determination and the right mindset, we can overcome obstacles and make our dreams a reality.