QOTD – Taking Risk
“I know I will be judged and compared, but my lesson is this – I don’t give a shit.
You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure, you cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and you must take these risks.
Everything I’m truly proud of in this life has been a terrifying prospect to me. None of it comes easy, and people will tell you to do what makes you happy. But a lot of this has been hard work, and I’m not always happy.
I don’t think you should do just what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great. Do what’s uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail – let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place you’d want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?
As best we know it, we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability and through this you’ll find your way. You do not have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you. Live like this as best you can and I guarantee you’ll look back on a life well lived. You’re capable of greatness in your profession and more importantly, in your quality of self. Stay hungry, stay young at heart, take those risks.”
– Charlie Day