Embrace Risk: The 40-30-30 Rule

I saw a post on the99percent.com about the 40-30-30 rule and Risk.

I feel like this post is speaking powerful truth that challenges our fears of comfort and safety.

Here is a small excerpt:

Many of the strategies employed in competitive and recreational sports are applicable in business and our personal lives. One lesson I learned from alpine ski racing was the “40-30-30 Rule.” During training, early on, I tried to go fast, and I also focused on not falling. On a ride up the ski lift, my coach told me I was missing the point. He explained that success in ski racing, or most sports for that matter, was only 40% physical training. The other 60% was mental. And of that, the first 30% was technical skill and experience. The second 30% was the willingness to take risks.

Isn’t that just powerful truth. I can’t think of a person I know that doesn’t need to know this rule.

The willingness to take risks is the key to living a powerful life. Risks without considering the consequences of failing is silly and often immature. But risks taken with consideration of the consequences of failing and also considering the consequences of no risk taken is very mature.

Usually only failing is considered when a risk stands before you. It strikes fear in you and paralyzes or discourages you from taking the risk.

But the success of risk must also be considered along with the future of no risk ever taken.

Here are some great examples….

It is Risky to leave your job, community, and family, but if they didn’t who would have created Habitat for Hope for all the families at St. Jude and Le Bonheur?

It is Risky to move to one of the most racist cities in the world and start a multi-cultural church, but they did just that when they started Fellowship Memphis.

It is Risky to give up college and move to Uganda to care for children, but then who would be the mother to 14 orphan girls.

It is Risky to quit a very lucrative financial job and start an urban teacher training program because you believe education is today’s great civil rights issue, but he walked away from possible millions to do it.

Who do you know who took a Risk?

What Risk are you not taking?

Read the entire post here.

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