On July 1st, I flew back to Canada to spend the rest of my summer. My life had just done a delicate 180, and I had to re-shift my focus a little bit and embrace the open opportunity of being as free as a bird and devoid of any responsibility. I looked at these next two months as sort of a philosophical proving grounds – is it possible for me to finally figure out what’s truly important to me in life, and use several passions of mine to create a main source of income? Personally, finding out the answer to these questions was definitely worth risking 73 days without a plan B.
Unbeknownst to me, I had just created an environment for myself where I would be tried, tested, challenged, and growing. Within the past two and a half weeks, I studied the way entrepreneurs from many generations and age groups built their mini empires through books and social interaction. I was able to become increasingly inspired by the skills, qualities, and drive that they all possessed; all very different in personality, but all with one goal in mind: to hustle and to do whatever it takes to achieve greatness, despite the circumstances that they may have been be under. They took matters into their own hands, moulding an idea until it became feasible enough to continue investing in.
How did this spontaneous risk benefit me? First off, not all risks have to be spontaneous – that’s just who I am, and will always be as a person…but I guess you could say a spontaneous risk is double the risk you’re choosing to take. By taking this risk I was able to gauge a better realization over what my true goals were, given the circumstances that I had put myself in. I had deliberately put myself in a position where I had to be radically honest with myself – I asked myself every day what I could realistically do today that would progress me to answer the question I had initially posed when I had flown in. However, after a while, it became more than just answering the question; it was more like opening up an old puzzle and finding out there were pieces missing from a long time ago. Let’s put it this way, not many people would open up a box with a puzzle in it, find out there are missing pieces, and continue to put the puzzle together anyway. Except, that’s sort of what you need to do after taking a risk – realizing that although you need to let said risk take it’s course, you need to educate yourself and utilize what you have in order to push for success.
There are two outcomes that arise from risk-taking, and both these outcomes sculpt who you are as a human being: failure, and success. We’re talking about the sheer difference between stagnancy and progress, because the issue isn’t the problem itself, it’s your attitude towards the problem. Ultimately, not taking that risk will leave you at stagnancy no matter what, but taking it gives you some sort of hope.