A CEO left his job for a one year sabbatical. He left his business in the hands of his three vice presidents, each responsible for a certain sector of the business to run. “The business in yours while I am gone,” he said. A year passed and the CEO returned to his position and assessed the state of the company. The first VP reported, “I expanded our operations and doubled my sector’s profits.” “Wonderful,” the CEO said, “You just doubled your salary.” The second VP came and said, “I developed a new investment strategy that boosted our assets by 50%.” “Fantastic!”, the CEO said, “you just increased your personal earnings by that much.” The third VP said, “All this success is wonderful, but it involved a lot of risk. There was too much at stake. So while I didn’t increase our profits nor expand our assets, I’m happy to report that I didn’t decrease them either! I hated the idea of disappointing you so I did the safe thing and avoided risking what was yours to begin with. But now, here it is, just like you left it.” The CEO paused for a minute. “You didn’t increase in any way?… why, you could have put your funds in a bank and at least seen some increase!” he exclaimed, “clear out your office, I’m dividing your job between the people who will do something with it.”
“Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and you’ll end up holding the bag.” E. Peterson- The Message
Yes, let’s not be greedy like the one’s who caused our economic crisis, but let’s not live with such a fear of losing, of making mistakes.
I have been waiting my whole life to be told what to do with it and now I am realizing that I wasn’t being wise and prudent but scared and avoiding the responsibility of making my own choice. This freedom terrifies me but excites as well. I now realize that when we are bored with life, with our friends, our spouse, or even our job, that what we are really bored with, is ourself. Today, more opportunity exists than ever in the history of our world, and we have the freedom to plant or to tear down, to love or to talk about how we were wronged, the freedom to flourish or fail gloriously, to jump- we may not make it, but it feels so good knowing that we tried.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that
you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
Today: Exhale fully, then take a deep breath. Do you feel a pain about not doing something you know you were born to do? Quickly, without thinking, do one small thing about it.