Musings, ponderings and various observations on the intersection of BJJ/Martial arts training and the living of life. I have no inclination toward either political correctness or correct spelling. This blog, such as it is, remains fundamentally an unfiltered gush of thought ... both raw and unpolished.
How NOT to succeed in life ....
Finally, here it is … after much deliberation I’ve decided to let the cat out of the bag … and give you a foolproof plan on how to NOT succeed … in nearly any endeavour.
Simply follow these simple steps:
- DO NOT TAKE RISKS
- STAY THE SAFEST COURSE - ALWAYS
- WEIGH UP ALL THE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES OF ANY PLANNED ENDEAVOUR AND
ALWAYS ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION
- AND AGAIN … DO NOT TAKE RISKS!!
Seriously though … risk-taking is not for everyone. It is only for those who want something OTHER than an ordinary life. There is a lot to be said for always taking the conservative path, for always erring on the side of caution … you can live a very pleasant life that way; just don’t expect anything too extraordinary to come your way.
Most of the more interesting and successful people I know are risk-takers. They note the possible outcomes (good and bad) and tend to ‘jump anyways’. I think that risk-takers instinctively know - deep in their DNA - that nothing extraordinary comes from taking ordinary action. I know this to be true - I have always known it - and often (many, many times) have been advised against taking risks. I have not caught ten pound trout by fishing within easy walking distance of the road - I have not learned BJJ by sticking with my local TKD school down the road - I have not been able to buy the land and build the house of my imagination by going the usual route in the organisation of my finances.
I travelled when I SHOULD have been working a job - I trained when I should have been studying for exams - I bought a house when I was unemployed and couldn’t afford it - I bought shares when others were selling - I sold shares when others were all buying - I ran while others walked - I went forward when others ran - I put myself into a myriad of situations that were uncomfortable, risky, even dangerous … and for the most part, it has all worked out really well.
Risk-taking is something that is for the most part - widely discouraged. I think this is sad. In times past - a boy didn’t become a man until he took risks - until he went through some sort of rite of passage that involved risk. Risk-taking is how opportunities are seized - and squeezed. That is something that a good martial arts culture should embrace - the idea that risk-taking should be rewarded, and not penalised.
For me … life is simply too short to not take risks. I want to live (and have so far) an extraordinary life … one replete with adventure and exceptional outcomes. And there is no doing that - without taking a few risks.