What does it take to live a life of risk? What’s the process look like to live the life we’ve always dreamed of? Have you ever asked yourself these questions? There’s a common thread in successful leaders lives that we can all learn from. More often than not, we see they lived a life of courage and they weren’t afraid to take risks. They weren’t afraid of failure, and they didn’t let anything get in the way of the dreams inside of them.

Let’s take a look into Michael Jordan’s life for example:

Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Then he became one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game.

He quotes “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Imagine if he would have given up the first time he got cut from his high school team. The world would have missed out on his life, his story, and the impact he has had. Just like Michael Jordan, we all have things in our lives we have failed at and if we haven’t yet, we will fail. But just because failure is involved in our story doesn’t mean it has to be the end of our story. Failure isn’t a sign we should stop, rather it is a sign we are heading in the right direction.

Any dream involves both risk and courage.

What does it look like for you to take a risk in your current season of life? What is one thing you have been wanting to start but lacking the courage to take the next step? Or better yet, if you knew you could not fail, what would you do today differently? If we lived like we couldn’t fail, we would take a lot more risks and start to see the fruit of those risks. The truth is, although we may fail in our own eyes, it’s not a failure if it pushes us to grow. The key to success is not knowledge, but it’s the courage to keep going.

We can either choose to live a mundane life of playing it safe, or we can tap into the courage that will propel us to places we could have never dreamed.

The choice is yours.

What will you choose?


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