“To dare is to lose one’s footing temporarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” – Soren Kierkegaard
The chorus of Jana Stanfield’s and Jimmy Scott’s song, “If I Were Brave”, describes the razor’s edge as the place “fools and dreamers dare to tread.” Those who always keep their feet planted safely upon the ground would probably agree.
I would submit that it is more foolish to avoid the razor’s edge because of a fear of failing. You cannot avoid failure without avoiding success. Virtually all of the great achievements in human history are the result of walking the razor’s edge. Every technological or social advance was achieved because someone took a personal or professional risk.
“The skeptic sees risky endeavors as resulting in either success or failure, as if the two were polar opposites. The intelligent person knows that failure is part of the process of success, and that both lie in the same direction, opposite cowardice.” – Steve Pavlina
How you view failure can play a significant roll in how close to the edge you are willing to live and work. For the optimistic risk-taker, failure is not something to fear because it puts you one step closer to success.
Norman Croucher is an accomplished mountain climber despite having lost both his legs in a railway accident. In 1981, his left artificial leg broke while climbing in Argentina. The mishap proved useful because it prompted Mr. Croucher to get a designer to make a better kind of artificial leg.
If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you. ~ Louise Hay
For four thousand years in China, “everyone” accepted that peasants were incapable of learning- until one day a man named Jimmy Yen challenged this belief and started teaching commoners to read and write.
Everyday someone accomplishes something that was once deemed the impossible. If you are not afraid to fail while trying, you can accomplish whatever you have accepted to be within your personal limitations.
“…if the fear and uncertainty of risk are perceived as “the enemy,” then entrepreneurs – if they are to build businesses — must counter the enemy with a set of weapons called optimism and rationalization.”- by Rebecca Smith, A.D. Morgan Corporation
On any given day, more than half of the thoughts of the average person are negative. What’s worse, 80% of those negative thoughts are recycled negative thoughts from the day before. We’re just thinking the same negative thoughts day after day. No wonder so many people are afraid of anything that may help them to progress.
How is it that you can finally find the courage to walk the razor’s edge? The answer is in what you feed your mind. It is just as important to feed your mind with positive words as it is to feed your belly healthy food. I’m not talking about just snacking on books about courage every once in a while. I mean for you to devour positive reinforcement on a daily basis.
Spend as much time as you can reading and listening to motivational materials. Read or listen to biographies about successful people. If you are sick, feed you mind stories of people who have overcome illness. If you are poor, feed your mind stories of people who have overcome poverty. Constantly feed your mind until you come to understand and accept that although there will be failures along the way, success is a NORMAL consequence to risk-taking. This is what will give you the courage to walk the razor’s edge.