In casual conversation - Risk and Change are sometimes used interchangeably. Where I primarily see their difference though is that Change is something you can't always control, and Risk is something that you typically choose.
I actually don't like either. <--- It's true . . . in addition to being a change-o-phobe, I have spent the majority of my life avoiding anything I perceived as even remotely risky. I’ve given some thought to my fear of change, and general risk-adverse personality – and wondered if I was born that way? Or did my quirky 1970’s upbringing (small-ish town, no TV, and highly academic parents) foster that in me?
One of my favorite risky stories of all time involves a friend I met in Los Angeles in the late 90's. She is British – and as the story goes she found herself in Berlin on December 30th one year, and decided to answer an ad for a DJ at a club for New Year’s Eve. She went for the interview and got the job. The clincher was that she had ZERO experience as a DJ – she just told them that their equipment was different than what she was used to, so she’d have to come in several hours early to get the hang of it. And guess what? She ROCKED the HOUSE all night long – and the only complaint she got was that they wanted her to announce more songs in German. She went on to work for that company for five years, several of which she spent in Hong Kong as a DJ in a club there. Holy Cow!
And this is where I say "Wait - she lied at the interview! You can't DO THAT!" <--- calm down, calm down . . . it all worked out!
While I have never fibbed at a job interview, I have . . .
All of which were (albeit calculated) risks where I was unsure to varying degrees of what the outcome would be. Thankfully I love my nose-ring (!), and have lived to tell about the other experiences. I'm still not sure why I dislike Risk so much (nurture vs. nature?), but I have learned that like many other things it is a muscle that once exercised on a regular basis, gets stronger & easier over time. In other words, Risk is Friend, Not Foe! (Sorry - bad "Finding Nemo" analogy . . .)
Are you a fan of trying crazy things? Or more prone to keeping things safe & status-quo? Are there areas in your life where you might benefit from branching out and doing something different? Next week we'll be talking about how Change and Risk actually work hand-in-hand - you won't want to miss it!
Love and Light,
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