Are You a Risk-Taker?

Are You a Risk-Taker?

“If there is a one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must.” Anne Lamott

Life is full of closed castles doors. What is behind those doors is the mystery of life as it unfolds. How do you know which door is meant for you? Suppose you fail? There are no assurances. 

There is one baseball quote that really says it all. It’s one of the “7 Secrets to Guilt Free Living” that I shared in my book “A Change of Habit”  “You can’t steal second base until you take your foot off first”.

Sometimes we get stuck in the mire of the status quo, afraid of change. I’ve learned that we must embrace and deal the unknown and the change in order to grow.

Are you a risk-taker? I’m usually not!

I remember reading that one of the five qualities that most Octogenarians share is Risk Taking. In her book, “The Risk Factor”, Deborah Perry Piscione gives us some points to ponder to get the most out of life. 

Risk Takers:
-Are in touch with a greater purpose in life. When we see our “greater purpose” in the Divine Plan we live a loving life, grateful for opportunities. 
-Generally have a lower level of fear than most people. Fear holds us back sometimes missing out on happiness.
-Are curious about why things are the way they are. With this openness, curiosity creates a sense of wonder and imagination and has been linked to cultivating happiness.
-They believe anything is possible. No obstacle is too large because their enthusiasm can overcome any hesitation.
-They can shake off and even embrace failure. This positive outlook is motivational making failure merely a speed bump.

So let’s open ALL the doors of the castle with all the challenges and opportunities of each day. As former AZ Cardinal coach used to say: “No risk it, no biscuit!”



  1. Wow, I needed that just like I always seem to when I get your blog. We have sold the house and are moving to Austin, TX to a high rise apartment on the 25th floor. Needless to say it’s a BIG change and I have to honestly say I’m full of lot’s of trepidation. At the same time we are moving my sweet Mama to Nashville where my sister lives. We will be in the same time zone and only a couple of hours by plane which will be great but lot’s of stress at the same time as our move. Prayers would be so appreciated and I know God is giving me a little shove to do this. My husband has wanted it for years and we will be a couple of hours from both boy’s. We’ve been here for 23 years though and it’s a tough one.
    Hope to see you in Oct xoxoxo

    • Hi Pam, Always good to hear from you. Sounds like you have many moving pieces in your life affecting you and your loved ones. Sounds like a wonderful plan and I sure all will be happy in their new homes. Good luck with the move and adjustment. You and your wonderful family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you.

  2. Thanks for the positive thoughts about risk taking. After retiring I’m looking for new adventures that align with His plan for me!


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