Safety. What does that mean to you? The actual definition is “freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss.” So let’s think about that a minute.
Who do you know that has achieved great things without being willing to risk injury, danger or loss? I can’t think of anyone. But achieving great things by being willing to risk…now that brings on a landslide of achievers!
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are two people who come to mind immediately. Both tried and failed so many times that their reputations were put at risk. And loss? Think about the time and money and energy and dreams that were lost…time after time after time. However, because Thomas Edison wasn’t afraid of risk, we have the electric light bulb. And Henry Ford put the Model T on the market in 1908, gaining 48% of the market share by 1914! Without risk there are only small margins of success. To avoid risk is to be content with mediocrity.
Courage is required to achieve anything great. Courage is simply the conviction that something is more important than your fear. Something is more important than potential injury or danger or loss. Something is more important, but what that something is only you can decide.
“Safety, even if it is just the illusion of safety, often keeps us bound to the familiar…The place of safety just might be the enemy to our destiny, and the love of safety is often rooted in our fears and insecurities.” – (Crossing Over, Brenda Harkins)
Safety. Is it really safe? I don’t think so. I think safety is probably as dangerous as it gets. Try risk. And enjoy the accomplishments that will follow!