Saturday, 22 June 2013

Into The Unknown

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary" – Jim Rohn

Everyone loves a good  life. Where everything seems to be perfect and working out according to the script. We hope for perfection, we shy away from pain and tear, when things that cause us pains occur, we feel that the world is definitely upside down. We love our comfort zone. It seems we've created this line of thought that "if we expect too much, then we are likely to experience disappointment." Our lives seem perfect, we have "perfect" jobs, family and everything.

Unfortunately, it can be a scary world out there, and we're not always ready to engage it. The fact is, facing things that make us uncomfortable offer a cluster of Strength. We have to step out of that protective shell of ours and step off the ledge. Having "circled" the mountain long enough, it's time for new adventures. We have enjoyed the sunshine, the crystal rainfall...night is beckoning, it's time for a little beyond the usual. Aren't we tired of old adventures? Opening the same door always? There lies ahead of us many un-cultivated lands ,it's time to experience and try out new things. To grow, we need to experience challenges. You just have to give more attention to those areas that feel challenging -- and intriguing -- to you, and embrace the adventure of uncertainty. Someone once said "Do one thing every day that scares you".

"On the other side of that fear, opportunity awaits" - Eleanor Roosevelt

The world is an inherently risky place with unpredictable twists and turns,
regardless of how many safeguards we
put into place to avoid them. There are many pot-holes along the road, life is not all about smooth sailing, it's sometimes about facing the unknown with courage and strength.  Taking risk is part of living, risk doesn't have to be dangerous, it's about pushing ourselves to do more and achieve more than we've already done. It's about doing things with uncertain results. It's about a brilliant fashionista who is afraid of expanding beyond the four corners of her room, it's about that programmer, afraid of stepping up his game because of failing (Read my piece of Fear Here).

"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing" – Denis Waitley

I have heard people say that, "it's a risk not to risk things" how true can that be again. The best learning and greatness happens just beyond our comfort zone. The sense of satisfaction comes from trying something new and proving yourself up to the task. You get to know, with the understanding that can come only from experience, how competent and capable you really are. What if I step into the unknown and fail? , you asked!  Let me ask you, what if you didn't and you remain on the same level? What if you step off the ledge and step into amazing opportunity?  I think that is worth the risk. T. S. Eliot says it better when he said " Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" So what is that project you are scared of working on, that book you know you ought to write, that risk you are afraid taking, close your eyes and ask, what if I succeed?

"The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open" – Chuck Palahniuk

Follow Your Desire, Not Your Fear, Step Into The Unknown, Something Amazing Might Be Waiting For You.

I am FámúyîdéOlawale
I am a Reader.


  1. I am not of the generation working towards "I dont want to fail". I am the school of thought "I want to succeed". Failure isn't my benchmark but success. Logical!

  2. The perspective of the optimist. Motivational.

  3. Nice one fada k

  4. udegbunam chukwudi22 June 2013 at 15:32

    Step into the unknown ke? Omo I stick to the known 99% of the time cos I ain't got time for the tears and drama that follow the unknown.

    I sha will be taking a risk soon sha, hopefully and I pray it works out fine in the long run.

    It will probably be my first big risk *covers face*

  5. The risks you take when you're younger change as you get older and have more responsibilities.

    Nowadays I will take calculated risks, rather than throw caution to the wind hoping that something works.

  6. Great 1...I don't expect anything short of excellence from your table.