Taking a Risk

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Taking a Risk

Contributed by
Robert Salazar

To start, thank you for taking the risk in reading this. It’s very possible this could be not worth your time, and what would you end up with? Less time. This is low on the range of risks. It’s not quite skydiving. Enjoy.

I see risks everywhere. It’s just the way I was raised. I can walk downtown and worry about bricks falling off a building and on my head. I can worry that microscopic mold is in my bread. Risks and worries are inextricable, and I am a worrisome person.

Like when I turn my car around because I think I haven’t locked my front door. Of course, I’ve never accidentally left my place unlocked in the 4 years I’ve lived there, but I’m still worried about that Day 1. Factories used to keep these large boards that said, “Days without accident” and they were chalk for a reason. Day 1 was always restarting. With every risk, you’re starting a new calendar.

You probably caught your attitudes towards risks as a kid. Early on I learned how to see risks, but also the importance of taking them. They help to expand what we consider our world. I remember being so hesitant to try new foods as a kid – even something as mundane as ketchup. Years later I’m happy I started taking plunges. Imagine if I hadn’t – how dry my fries would be.

Taking risks offers a positive in itself – that you even tried. It’s easy to sit back on your choice of doing nothing, but something is better…in fact I know taking risks led to all of humanity including the pyramids, boats, and ketchup.

We’ve been blessed with natural eyes that can see just about anything. As far as seeing the world equipment, we’ve got good vision for seeing it. I wouldn’t want eyes on the side of my head like a horse if I was staring at the Grand Canyon. Don’t waste your equipment. You’re a risk machine.

Risks got me where I am. Day 1 constantly. Every day is a new day.

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