The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.
Would the concept of “going for it“ have any meaning, value or sentiment if there were no risk attached?
Of course not. At that point it would be no different than pulling a carton of milk out of the refrigerator.
So then by definition, “going for it” requires taking a risk and potentially exposing oneself to the downside of that risk. Why then make the attempt at all?
Fame? Glory? Reward? Self satisfaction? Adulation? Which of these variables ultimately pushes one into the threshold of chance?
At some point everybody ultimately takes the risk and goes for it. Whether it’s trying to get the right job, the right school, the right spouse, win an award, a title, ribbon, statue or payday.
Making a decision like that, and living up to it, requires discipline. Whether it is the discipline to practice in order to be ready, or whether it is the requirement to speak the truth in the face of power or bare one’s soul in the hope that there is reciprocity from another.
The sacrifice required to ultimately achieve one’s goal cannot be underestimated. Time, frustration, pain, anguish, determination and courage are the prerequisite ante for even getting in the ring.
As Ernest Hemingway aptly states, these virues create vulnerabilities, which can destroy someone if they are not fully aware of the risk.
I think the risk/reward spectrum is fascinating. I, myself, have been fully absorbed over the course of my life in the spectrum. Over the decades of making countless insane deadlines at the Illusion Factory, I realized how addicted I had become to the art of coming through. The science of saying we would do something and delivering even more than what we might have promised. Understanding the variables that ultimately motivate you, can be incredibly powerful in helping you to attain your next great leap.
I hope this Tuesday delivers you huge rewards for everything that you have risked to get here🥂🎉