How long has it been seen you have felt the Adrenalin pumping through your veins as you landed your first big deal, sold that property, or made the biggest financial score of your life time? What risks do you remember taking? Would you take them again? Would you advise others to take the same risks?
I happened upon a group of young adults this past weekend who were enjoying themselves by swinging off the walking bridge that spans the width of the Colorado River, just outside of Moab Utah. With nothing more than a rope and true grit, each young man took their turn toppling off the side of the bridge holding onto a rope about 8 to 10 feet long. The rope they were swinging from wasn't a bungee cord either, so once their bodies weight hit the end of the rope, their shoulders would have to take the full force of the blow. But the thrill - it'll get yea, and that is what these young adults were after.
But the thrill - it'll get yea.
Risk takers, thrill seekers. As their bodies are swinging in mid-air, there is the additional thrill of knowing you have to let go of the rope and drop your body into the wild and muddy Colorado below you. Then you will need to swim out of the river and hope you don't get caught in an underwater eddie. Then there is the potential that the cops will be called and your mom will have to pick you up at the police department. Putting caution to the wind - you take that risk anyways.
..you take that risk anyways.
Some opportunities in life and in business don't come along very often. Even when they do, we forget to take those risks, and instead favor the easy route - or easy chair. Age refines us, and defines us. We no longer want to jump in feet first without seeing the bottom of the pool. If you want to see whats at the bottom of the pool, that is perfectly fine. It just means you've learned a little along life's highway. A good dose of business savvy has set it's mark upon your life.
You may no longer be that dare devil you were in your early years, or that thrill seeker who just couldn't stop to ask "is thing safe?" But It is still very important to make sure that you never allow yourself to be defined by others. There are still some risks out there for you.
The risks you take now days depend on your level of physical and mental preparedness. We know how fun it is to win, but our journey through life teaches us lessons. Lessons that help us define our own character and balance our daily living. I do have to admit, that if I were years younger I would be joining those very same young men for a dive into the river. I'd be crazy not too!
Let the young be young - even in their 50's, 60's, and beyond.