Now it’s post Mayweather Vs McGregor fight, I thought it would be the ideal time to write a blog like this.
With anything worth having in life such as Love, Success, Happiness, Business, Financial Security, Fitness etc there are trade offs…It’s what I like to call…
Risk vs Reward.
The risk I’m referring to in this case is the risk you personally take to reach your goals, to level up and to reach a higher position in your life.
People risk anything from their Money, Health, Reputation, Relationships etc to reach their goals.
And usually the bigger the risk (gamble) the higher the reward…SHOULD it come off.
A little bit like the risk McGregor took to fight one of the ALL TIME GREATEST pound for pound boxers. It’s a huge risk and gamble, however the rewards are also high enough for him to make a ‘calculated risk’.
This is why many entrepreneurs, athletes and success people who want MORE in and from their lives are willing to take bigger risks to succeed…And what we see are those paying off in terms of success, money, fame, business, love etc.
People who have a growth and abundance mindset are willing to risk money, time, effort, possible relationships, health, lives, reputations and even their own sanity in the hope that THEY WILL reach their goals. And they do this because they understand that WITHOUT taking a gamble and chasing their goals in life…There can be NO pay off at the end.
Many people before the Mayweather Vs McGregor fight said that Conor had nothing to lose. He was stepping into another sport, one he isn’t specifically trained for. He was fighting one of the best pound for pound boxers and he was going to make upwards of $100 million, win, lose or draw.
However what we forget is that in the early part of Conor’s career he was taking BIGGER risks for smaller rewards and all under the banner of HOPE.
Quitting his job to pursue a career in MMA. Living on social welfare. Falling out with his Dad over it.
People around him not believing in him, facing his doubters and haters.
Also risking injury and his health during fights. Lots of risk for very little financial reward, especially in the early part of his career.
See Conor weighed up the risk vs the reward and WAS STILL willing to risk it ALL…Because he believed in himself enough that he could see himself achieving success in the sport. Maybe not to the heights he has done, But certainly at a level of success he could be happy with.
And this is ultimately what it takes for any of us to achieve success.
There will be things we MUST risk. Things we must put on the line. Things and areas of our life we have to sacrifice in order to achieve success, scale new highs and reap the rewards. Because if we risk nothing then we run the ‘risk’ of staying exactly where we are right now.
So what are you willing to risk?
Those people who aren’t willing to risk anything usually don’t get very far. They’re not willing to stick their neck on the line. Their not willing to go all in, And this keeps them with a mindset of scarcity…One foot in and one foot out.
They have one foot on the path they must travel to achieve success…And the other foot is left in safety and security. They hesitate to go ‘ALL IN’.
With this half in half out mindset they can say to themselves;
“Well if it doesn’t work out I’ve not lost anything”.
‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’.
They aren’t willing to risk, so more often than not they’ll not able to receive.
This blog isn’t about me telling you to quit your job or to gamble on your life. It’s more about me giving you an alternative approach…
If you aren’t willing to go ‘ALL IN’ on something, then how do you ever hope to reap the rewards?
100% calculated risks are a good approach for the more conservative personality. However the ‘option’ of being able to make a more calculated risk comes from having ALREADY put more on the line in your early years, a little bit like Conor and many other successful people. They’ve taken risks and now are in a position to be smarter and more choosy about their future options.
HOWEVER many of us who are starting out or about to take that big leap are NOT in the same position.
My advise to you is this.
Take a look at the back story of the people that inspire you most.
- How did they make it to the top?
- Where did they start.
- What did they do?
- What did the risk/sacrifice?
Success leaves clues.
At some point and probably more often than not they’ll have taken a gamble, a punt at pursuing their ambition in life…What you’re now seeing is them reaping the rewards of that.
No one gets to the top without hard work, consistency, sacrifice, self belief, support from others and the ability to jump in with both feet.
Yes it’s always a gamble because there are NO guarantees.
Sure we can take calculated risks but at the end of the day with any goal your aspiring to achieve their will always be uncertainty.
You might give it all, jump in with both feet…And still not reach the heights you want.
But I guarantee you this…
If you stay on the side line, If you keep one foot in and one foot out, if you aren’t willing to give it all, Then you WON’T achieve your dreams or get anywhere near them anyway. Doing nothing in this case is worse.
So balance it up for you.
What risks can you take?
What are you willing to take?
Is that enough to reach the level of success you want in sport, business, life, love?
And what are the rewards you could potentially have if you go for it?
It’s a game and it’s one you have to be willing to play if you want to stand any chance of winning.
Dare to believe…Dare to be Alpha.