‘Play it safe’ is the worst advice you can get
Advice from people close to us is always welcome. After all, they only want the best for us. Still, the ‘play it safe’ advice is the most common one and also the worst piece of advice you can get. By the time you’re done the reading, you’ll know why.
First things first. What does it mean to ‘play it safe’? Obviously, no one close to you wants your harm or to see you get in trouble. So, the easiest way to prevent you from experiencing failure is to make you believe that keeping trouble at bay is your best solution.
The thing is that if you want a life filled with experience, success and free of regrets, then you have to do the exact opposite. TROUBLE IS GOOD.
Look at it this way; nobody lives forever. And you probably don’t want your last thought to be ‘I could have done more’. So how do you go about it? Well, that depends on what kind of life you want to live.
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The whole ‘play it safe’ state of mind is a general rule to live by for those who are not after anything big. Those people are happy with a comfortable life, nothing spectacular. Are you that type of person? Truth be told, most out there are, but if you kept reading so far, then you’re probably not.
If you want to live with excitement and genuine happiness that goes into anything you do, then safety is not something you want to carry all over around with you.
Taking risks is an indispensable part of succeeding in your life. Does that mean that every risk you take is going to be a win for you? No! Of course not. Because failure is also in the game. Still, it’s far better to fail over and over doing something you love than to succeed doing something you hate.
Sure, nobody likes defeat. But you’d be surprised to know that getting beat up in life doing something you truly enjoy gives you a sense of fulfillment - not to mention that you’re still making progress - whereas succeeding in areas that are within your ‘safe zone’ will leave you with that same feeling of misery and emptiness that you had in the first place.
Besides, what does failing mean after all?
Most people think that failure in any aspect of their lives, for instance, a relationship is a traumatic and haunting experience. In reality, it’s the best lesson you can get.
Take a minute to think about it and ask yourself. What is better? Reading about something in a book, or experiencing it in real life?
Don’t lower the level of your life to stay safe and satisfy others. Don’t study to make your parents proud, if it’s not something that will make you proud above all. In other words, don’t try to make others happy at the cost of your own happiness. Keep in mind that life is not forever, so stop living like you’ve got all eternity.
Oh, and next time you consider taking advice from someone, take a moment first to put yourself in their shoes and see if you would trade places with them. If not, then it’s probably best to say ‘Thank you, but no thank you’!
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