Risk to Be Free

Quote of the Week

“The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.”
Shakti Gawain

Risk to Be Free

by Jay Riffenbary

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd, is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks need to be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love. . .live. Chained by his beliefs, he is a slave; he has forfeited freedom. Only a person who risks is free. – Edwin Land (Riffenbary, 2007, p. 18).

Reference: Riffenbary, J. (2007). No excuse! incorporating core values, accountability, and balance into our life and career. Possibility Press.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

Oh boy, this one hits home for me this week. I’m in the process of creating new material for talks and marketing and playing with new ways of organizing my days. I know the “old way” works and I still want to try new ways. Risky? Maybe. But, I was feeling “dull”. What will you do this week to take a risk and experience freedom?