Passion and Risk

Passion Risk

How do you step out of your comfort zone?

Stepping out of your comfort zone can liberating.  Personally I love the butterflies I get when I’m embarking on something new.  I love a challenge.  I love change, its part of who I am. But not everyone is comfortable outside their status quo.  Everyday you should strive to get out of your comfort zone.  I do but I’m not always successful.

So, how do I step out of my comfort zone?

  • Always try something new
  • Embrace Failure
  • Understand it’s OK to be sacred
  • Look at things from a different perspective
  • Consider that you just might be wrong
  • Find something you’re passionate about
  • Share your passion with family and friends
  • Connect with people who have similar passions
  • Embrace people who have a different point of view
  • Consider doing something that scares the crap out of you
  • Strive to learn complex things
  • Continuously change your paradigm

Why are these things important?

The things I mentioned above help us grow.  They also help us to identify RISK.  Trying new things allows each of us to identify different types of RISK. Each time you do something that scares you, puts you out of your comfort zone, or gives you the butterflies allows you to establish your RISK scale.  Just like in business, in life we manage RISK.


Pushing the envelope, can break or confirm your personal RISK scale.  Without RISK, we miss failure; without failure, we miss success.  How many times have you tried something before succeeding? I can count the number of times I’ve been successful, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve failed. But every time I took a risk on something new or stepped out of my comfort zone I had a 50/50 chance of success or failure.

Over the years I’ve found things I’m passionate about by taking RISK. These are things I love doing and they also make an impact on myself, my family, and others.  I remember my grandfather, Karl telling me one day while visiting the family farm in Idaho, “I’d better love what I do, because all work is hard work and I’d better damn well love it, otherwise work will just suck the life out of you instead of being rewarding.”  Taking RISKs and finding your passion can make work very enjoyable.

I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t taken one of the biggest RISKS in my life by going to the Air Force Academy, that RISK is the single most important RISK I’ve ever taken.  On this journey of life I’ve failed many times, but with each failure and each RISK I’ve discovered more about my own personal character and my own passions that I ever would have considered if I hadn’t stepped outside my comfort zone.

What are you doing today, tomorrow or the next day that increases your passion and your RISK by stepping out of your comfort zone?