You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. – Jim Carrey Commencement at the Maharishi University of Management’s Class of 2014
Jim Carrey put voice to thoughts that I have had running through my head for my entire life. Had to post this video that has been starting to gain traction around the web because of it’s sincere truth. So many people live life in fear that they will somehow be unable to fend for themselves unless they fall in line, get a ‘secure’ job, and conform to the system. But for every story of someone capturing the “American Security” (formerly “dream”), there is an equal story of someone who followed the rules that didn’t end up finding the “pot of security” (formerly “gold”) at the end of the rat race (formerly “rainbow”).
I have taken many risks in my life with my career and business choices. Some of these have resulted in massive failure. Time and money spent on projects and people that ended up being poor investments. But is it any different than working a soul-crushing job that doesn’t fulfill me? Some of my greatest failures included me traveling around the world to new places, interacting with new people and cultures, and ultimately failing to gain business traction. Was it a waste? Are you kidding? Greatest experiences of my life.
So like Jim says, if failure is an equal possibility with both the secure route and the adventurous, yet risky route – why not ride the lighting and live a life of adventure?
I did, and it was the best decision I ever made. And one last note: when you’re a rogue, hard-working, entrepreneur risk-taker, you very normally attract the right opportunities and people to you to make your dreams a reality. A life lived in fear is a life wasted.