“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
They said he was too young and uneducated, they said it could not be done. But that did not stop the young man. Death was not an issue. Failure was petty. Criticism was the motivator and doubt confirmed the importance of doing it.
Wikipedia describes risk as the potential of losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional wellbeing or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action, activity and/or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty.
The business dictionary say that risk is a probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss. Any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided through preemptive action.
Investopedia says risk is the chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment.
Look at your dream, look at your goal. Write it down on one page. On the other page write down the things you might lose when you reach for that goal, and on the third one write down the things you are willing risk in order to achieve the goal. And remember that there are things that you might lose along the way you are not aware of, some of those things are friends.
If you are willing to risk everything for your goal, then that means you want it bad enough.
The founder of Facebook is a good example of how much you need to give up when you really want something in life, the founder of Facebook dropped out of Harvard University to go and build Facebook. He left a system of safe and went to make it out there.
He also had to leave a system of safe so that he could go on the journey of making his life a success. He dropped out of school, slept on friend’s dorm room floors, and had to collect empty bottles so that he could get something to eat. He did not know by anything tangible that he would make it, he just had to believe he will, and he had the faith and hope that it all goes well.
Leaving school at the age of 16 with the desire to rap, ten years later selling platinum, Cassper Nyovest is truly a good example of how taking a risk can work out if you put in the time and effort. He used to sleep at a friend’s houses; today he is making big moves.
I cannot say success is every home’s daughter. Perhaps you have not seen anyone succeed in your life, or perhaps you have been told that success is not for you. Well I have a story for you; I have something that I need you to understand about the world and the law of success. The guy with the talent or the genetic advantage does not win. Only him who is willing to keep on going when it all goes wrong is a candidate for success.