How To Take Calculated Risks
Life is all about taking risks. If we don't take risks, we won't ever know what it's like to move on to the next level. It's scary to make big life decisions though-- how do you know when to make them and if you're ready to go for it?
Recently I moved to New York-- I used to be a high school teacher that modeled part time. But I knew if i wanted to really get somewhere with my modeling career, I had to go for it full-time. It was now or never, I wasn't getting any younger. I had stayed at home with my parents for two years and saved enough money and felt that if I didn't start now, my window of opportunity would simply disappear. There was definite urgency.
But that's not to say it wasn't easy. I was scared the months leading up to my move. I was waiting for the end of the school year (June) to come around and I was literally leaving days after-- giving myself just enough time to pack and get going with the next chapter of my life. I had to really push myself into the commitment. I booked my ONE-WAY (sounds scary right? Also like something from a movie) ticket a few months prior so I knew I was committing. As the weeks got closer, I was scared about leaving my family, scared that I might fail and look really stupid and have to come back home months after leaving--- I thought about all the embarrassing things that could happen. But at the end of the day, there wasn't much else to do but go for it. There is really only one way of knowing how things will play out, and that is by going for it.
So my point to you is taking risks is about making sure they are calculated and then just going for it. Calculated meaning are you setting yourself up for success with a solid plan after you make a big decision? Whether it's quitting a job, leaving your city, breaking up with someone, etc, etc. Once you've developed a solid plan and know how you will survive and make your moves after, you just have to go for it. JUMP OFF and DO IT!! I talk about in the video that the timing of when you decide to jump off is very subjective. That is true, because when will you feel comfortable enough to say "Hey, I like my plan, I will be fine, let's do it." For some people (like myself) it's easy, but some people may play things safe and wait years and years before they get to that point. DON'T BE THAT PERSON! Put your pieces in place, strap on your parachute, and JUMP OFF THAT PLANE!!
Stay hungry, stay foolish. And keep growing!