We have come to live in a risk-averse time. People are so afraid of failure that they are afraid to take any chances. They try to live in a cocoon. Too many people will not even try to take the CPA Exam because they have become paralyzed by their fear of failure. Yeah, failure is tough but you can never accomplish anything if you let fear push you around.
Last week, a friend of mine sent me a quote that he thought I would like. He comes from Peter Drucker who was one of the most famous business writers and consultants to ever live. For many decades, he has been known as one of the smartest voices about the operation of successful businesses.
The quote said: “People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”
Obviously, no one wants to make a big mistake. Failure hurts and you often feel stupid. However, avoiding risk does not insulate you from mistakes. As Drucker says, mistakes happen; they are a normal part of life.
Would you rather make a mistake while hiding in a corner or while attempting something bold? Make this year a year of boldness and not fear.
Passing the CPA Exam is a great accomplishment. It is worth the effort. Getting those four passing grades of 75 is a thrill beyond description. Yes, there is always a chance of failure. In my new book, I quote former ice hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky who said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Before this year becomes much older, sit down and decide what you really want to accomplish before you become a year older. Then, go out there and make it happen. Be bold and play hard. That’s a great way to live.