Not long ago, my wife got all excited about the new season of Dancing with the Stars, so she signed us up for a dance class. The class turned out to be, um, less than ideal. It turned out that our teacher had no actual teaching ability and her dancing partner seemed to thrive on fussing at all the women in our class. But, even so, I’m still glad I took the class because I tried something new.
I found out a long time ago that there are two kinds of people in the world: Those who will dare to dance and those who won’t. Those who step out into the unknown and those who hug the walls.
I hate to admit it, but for the first twenty or so years of my life, I was a wallflower. And that reluctance to engage risk wasn’t just limited to dancing either. It permeated everything I did socially, professionally, or financially. It limited my potential and restricted my success.
But sometime in my late teens, I began reading motivational books and articles and my perspective slowly changed. Instead of always trying to keep my head low and avoid making a fool of myself, I realized the biggest risk you can take in life is trying to avoid risk.