Many years ago I found this quote:
“You will be the same person you are today, five years from now, with the exception of the books you read, the people you meet, the places you go and the risks you take”
In my experience, those are the things that change us. Certainly there is something to be said for experience but I find that in my experiences one of those factors is often at work. That old saw about teaching – there is a difference between teaching 25 years and teaching one year twenty-five times – is true.
Recently, I read what I believe is best book ever written about the subject of the three dynamics at work in trying to change everything from an organization to a bad habit. The book is called Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. Here is a review by the brilliant social marketing guru Chris Brogan: http://bit.ly/7tYseO (Note: Their book “Made To Stick ” about why some ideas thrive and others die is another must read).
Of these personal change agents, one of these – taking risks – stands out the most to me personally. It has been said that the major regret of people who are dying is that they did not take enough risks.
I try to use some of my favorite quotes to motivate me to take more risks:
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we didn’t do that is inconsolable
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
If you are never hurt, scared or embarrassed it means you never took enough chances
Courage is the human virtue that counts the most – courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. Thats all we have.
May all of us find and welcome into our lives the books,people,places and risks we need.
I believe all those things are found in the wonderful philosophy of life that Dag Hammarskjold shared years ago:
For all that has been THANKS. For all that will be YES.