Are You Playing it Safe or Looking for New Trails?

I was out on my mountain bike for a quick ride on the weekend. I only had a brief window of opportunity so didn’t get further than about 10km from home. But I managed to find some trails I could ride without knowing where I was going. Sure I knew the area I was in but as I hadn’t ridden those exact trails before I didn’t know what was around each corner. It gave me a real sense of exhilaration. My mind was taken out of that place where I knew exactly what to expect.

But in life, I know I don’t always look for the new trails. When was the last time you were in a place where you didn’t know what to expect? We feel comfortable with the familiar, it’s safe.

We live so much of our lives constrained within expectations – that others have of us, or that we have of ourselves. There is a pressure to follow the conventional path.

Think of successful people you admire. For me the list includes Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. I love their attitude, individuality but mostly, the belief they have in their vision – despite the doubters.

Stepping into the unknown and taking a big risk can give us our greatest reward. Fourteen years ago I moved to Canberra and bought into a business after knowing my future business partner for a total of two hours. It might sound crazy but it turned out to be the best decision of my career.

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