Playing Safe Is Not Safe
December 8, 2021
A common tendency that I notice in many people is their unwillingness to explore and experiment when it comes to doing their job. This is because they are afraid of getting it wrong.
Most times, people choose to take up roles and opportunities from the perspective of their current capabilities. They take up the challenges if they feel they can achieve and succeed. They pass if they are not sure they can win. For a lot of people, succeeding takes precedence over learning.
“I will take up something only if I am sure I can win” is the way many people instinctively think when deciding to pursue any opportunity.
Whenever I come across someone displaying this “I’ll play it safe” attitude, I tell them about this brilliant piece of wisdom by Richard Branson.
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
Don’t shy away from putting your hand up for any opportunity, even if you feel you are not ready for it. The benefits far outweigh the downsides( which incidentally are all imagined!!)
- You will become visible and differentiate yourself from the crowd because most people are afraid to try. Even if you fail, you will still be more visible than those fearful of taking the risk.
- In doing the difficult stuff, you will learn new skills, gain new experiences and grow.
- This will naturally kickstart a virtuous cycle. Whenever a new opportunity comes up, you will be considered ahead of everyone else because you are more visible and better qualified.
Remember this simple mantra. There is nothing safe in playing safe. Doing something and getting it wrong is always safer than playing it safe and not doing anything. You at least have the experience to show that you tried.