What you don't know...
...can't hurt you.
Successful people tend to take more risks.
They don’t know all the answers but they give it a go and either by luck or design they get a positive result. Even if they fail, depending on their way of looking at the world, they see it as just feedback and they try again either at the same thing or something different but with the benefit of hindsight.
Do you put off doing things because you don’t know all the answers or fear failing and so fail by not taking any kind of action? How could you take action but minimise the risks?
Looking back I learnt a lucky lesson by surrounding myself with people more capable than myself. In 1990 I was backpacking around the world and accepted a ‘lift’ back to Sydney, Australia from Coffs Harbour (up the Queensland coast) on a racing yacht that advertised for crew. Whilst not the pretty young female he was hoping for, my mate and I were accepted as crew. We knew nothing about sailing an ocean racer however he was a race captain re-locating the boat to Sydney and needed help – he was an expert.
That night we entered a storm – to us as it was just rough sea – but when I overheard him calling ’MayDay, MayDay’ on the radio I realised we were in trouble. As it happened we waited out the raging sea on a storm anchor and then in the morning limped back to where we started from and got the bus back to Sydney instead. He did not tell us at the time but he was expecting to lose the boat and us and was surprised that we all survived. Knowing this made our knees turn to jelly – however, he saved our lives. By luck or design we travelled with an expert in his field and when the going got perilously tough we pulled through – alive to experience another day.
Have you got the right support around you to help your business through the worst of times or capitalise on new opportunities that come your way?