Everyone has a comfort zone, your mental space with boundaries providing emotional security for your life and decisions. What distinguishes successful people from others is what they do with their comfort zone. Some people are perfectly happy in their safety zone, but there are those who constantly push and test their limits. In this competitive, accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of absolute uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. Risk taking is engaging in an activity with an uncertain outcome. There are emotional risks such as proposing marriage, asking someone out for a date, or exhibiting your art to the public. Financial risks include starting a new business, investing in the stock market, or gambling. Risk takers tend to be motivated by change, variety, intensity and are often thrill-seekers with a high tolerance for uncertainty. They tend to be self-confident and believe that they control their fate. They are often innovative and creative, and all these positive characteristics make them good entrepreneurs cutting edge inventors, or extreme athletes. Risk-taking also has negative aspects and can be fatal. The greatest risk-takers are adolescent males — reflected in their high rates of car accidents, binge drinking, and drug use. Life is inherently risky, but there is only one risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. Albert Einstein. Mark Zuckerberg. Donald Trump. Mario Andretti. All risk takers in very different ways, but each set themselves apart and moved far beyond their comfort zones to achieve success. Join Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera and me for a discussion on what it takes to be a risk taker. After the show, check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
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