“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” (Oscar Wilde)
Wow! I think this is a really powerful quote because of its motivation factor. When I read it, I hear, “Get up off your butt and do it!” What is it? Anything new or unfamiliar that I want to learn, do, feel or be.
I have to take risks to gain experience. I have to open up, expose my weaknesses, and be vulnerable. I have to ask questions, listen, request help when I don’t understand, and listen some more. I have to risk falling down. Getting hurt. Losing everything. What’s the reward for all of those risks?
Plus, I lived life instead of letting life live through me, which is priceless in my book. I would much rather have the experience in which I failed than lack the experience I was too scared to attempt.
Of course, I don’t think you get anything in life for nothing. Everything has its cost. You don’t achieve success without sacrifice of some kind. Whether that’s time, money, integrity, et cetera. But you certainly won’t have any new experiences, or additional experience in a familiar area, if you don’t take that first step outside your comfort zone.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken over the past year?
Did you succeed or fail? Was it worth it? What does having that experience under your belt feel like?
The Greatest Risk Of All by Deanne Urquhart
How To Take A Risk Without Fear by Gladys M. Anderson, M.Ed., CTACC, LMFT
Don’t Wait Until You Have the Perfect Plan, Take Immediate Action Now by Loren Fogelman