Recently, I’ve had a lot of conversations, read a lot of articles, and all in all, heard the opinions of dozens of people regarding the risk taking ability (or lack thereof) of the millennial generation. It’s something I’ve thought about quite extensively and felt the need to express what I’ve been thinking. My thoughts can be summed up into one question: what ever happened taking risks for the pursuit of our dreams?
When I look around it’s not hard to find young people choosing safety over risk taking. I think of all the college graduates who move back into their parent’s homes after college. Their rationale? The job market is tough. That maybe true for practitioners of dying trades, but this is still America and opportunity abounds. Others refuse to do more than clock in and clock out at work and head to the local pub for some drinks with some people they call friends. Their excuse? They’re too tired to do anything else. But the truth is, good things don’t come to those who miss the boat. Good things come to the people who work smarter, later, and harder for the things they dream about. Chrysler already agrees with me on that one.
So I ask again, whatever happened to taking risks for the pursuit of our dreams? Have we accepted our circumstances as limitations? Is a bad economy, a tough job market, or downsizing, digitization, and offshoring what’s holding us back? To that I say, did Christopher Columbus only sail on tranquil waters? If the ocean didn’t look good, did he just say, “I’ll stay at home where it’s safe.” No, he took risks and sailed into uncharted waters and found something beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. As the old adage goes, “with great risk comes great reward.”
Have we given into fatigue, laziness, or apathy like never before? How much longer can we accept the same old routine and the same old set of emotions we feel everyday? People who accomplish their dreams leave those emotions and feelings behind them.
Now I’m not saying that I’m some kind of ultimate pursuer of dreams. As a matter of fact I fight everything within me that says to play it safe or avoid what takes more energy on a regular basis. But what I am saying is that I’m confident in my ability to fight that fight. Furthermore, I know there are others out there who are even more confident than I am. If you’re one of those people, bravo. You are an example to us all. But if you’re not someone who’s being taking risks in the pursuit of your dreams, now wouldn’t be a bad time to start.