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Playing It Safe Is Too Often Risky

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/playing-it-safe-is-too-of_b_5698849

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Playing It Safe Is Too Often Risky
We don't have to experience the world in any specific way that someone else dictates. Gaining approval doesn't always make us feel like we are living with purpose. Our lives are spent pushing back on boundaries, battling the rules and trying to find a way that works for us.

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Safe choices

Following the status quo does not always make us feel that we are living with purpose. 

If you live your life by simply comparing yourself to other people, you will always be subject to ...

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Making space for possibilities

Making space to take on risk is all about the journey. You have to unlearn what no longer serves you. For example, unlearning other peoples quick fixes and schemes. 

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Looking forward

Playing it safe prevents you from leaping into the opportunities along your path.

If you wait until you are ready you might not follow the path you want to choose. Trust yourself to do your b...

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Mark Twain

“It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

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The most useful learning

Most people think about learning as adding knowledge and skills. You now have a new fact in your mind that didn’t exist before.

The most useful learning isn’t usually a strict addition of new knowledge, but first unlearning something false or unhelpful.

Types of Unlearning

  • Straightforward refutation of the old idea. This complete refutation is atypical. More likely the new knowledge doesn’t contradict the old one, but it may modify it in some way.
  • The new knowledge revises a simpler picture by filling it with more complex details. This is similar to adding new knowledge, although because the older, simpler view of the issue has been overwritten with more detail, there is some unlearning going on.

Playing it safe: a silent killer

The dangers of playing it safe appear so gradually that they rarely get noticed.

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Hanging onto old ideas

People try desperately to hang on to antiquated ways of doing business because of a false sense of security. They believe that they can maintain their old ideas indefinitely, even if all evidence shows the contrary.

Question everything

Questioning everything could help you to spot problems and create a culture of understanding and action.

What does this business look like in five years?  What are our customers worrying about today? What will concern them tomorrow? Where are we failing to communicate? Are we capitalizing on all our strengths? What opportunities are we missing?