Why You Should Embrace Risk as a Way of Life
You cannot avoid risk. In fact, in this economy, and in God’s economy, taking risks is good for you. That’s why you should embrace risk as a way of life.
I’m not saying that you should be doing stupid stuff. Taking risks doesn’t have to mean being foolhardy. Instead, it means being willing to step out of your comfort zone and doing something you haven’t done before—and trusting God for the results.
Here are three reasons you should always be taking risks.
1. You will learn new things from taking risks.
Taking risks will make you learn new things. If you always do the same thing the same way, you can become stale. When you step out of your comfort zone, you will grow as a person.
I changed jobs several times in my career. Each time it forced me to learn new things. While the job change was stressful, it forced me to change. When I got comfortable in a job, that meant I needed to leave that job and move on to something else.
Every time you step out of your comfort zone, you will learn new things. Whether that is changing jobs, or joining a board, or leading a new project. If you aren’t certain you know how to do what you need to do, then you are taking risks. And that will force you to learn new things.
2. Taking risks will make you more marketable.
When you are willing to step out and do new things, you will learn new things. And that will make you more marketable in today’s economy.
There was a time that I got too comfortable in my career. I settled into a job and didn’t leave when I should have. As a result, I stopped growing and stopped learning. Once I forced myself to be on a path where I was constantly learning again, I found that my marketability increased.
Your marketability will be dependent on how much you can learn how to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The more you can adapt to changing circumstances, the more marketable you will become.
3. Taking risks will build your faith.
When you do the same thing over and over, it feels you don’t need to exercise your faith in what you do. Your confidence begins to rest in you, and not in God. But when you are willing to take risks, you will find that your reliance on God will increase.
I found that my faith in God increased after I started my consultancy. I had to get comfortable with taking risks on a continual basis. That forced me to get out of my comfort zone and move closer to God.
God is interested in your willingness to step out in faith. He wants you to rely on Him and trust in Him. The more you put yourself in a situation to be taking risks, the more you will realize that you need God. And that is exactly where you want to be—and where He wants you to be.