Taking Risks Seem to Encourage Growth

I’ve found myself reflecting on risks, taking steps of faith, and jumping into the unknown. I work in a field that inherently asks individuals to constantly take risks, to make oneself known, and to allow vulnerability. Theodore Roosevelt said it best: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man [or woman] who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man [or woman] who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Research seems to indicate that taking risks or stepping into the unknown encourages anxiety and excitement, fear and anticipation. Somehow, the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure can leave one feeling enlivened and eager with the promise of possibility. As frightening as risk and vulnerability may be, it’s also the birthplace of love, authenticity, and meaning. As we play and work and live – both personally and professionally, the combination of blessings and challenges in life can leave you with the experience of living more fully.