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Trying New Things

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten

Ask “courageous” people who they find the nerve to quit jobs, start business, buy real estate, move to different countries, do anything new and you’ll find a common approach.

They ask themselves the question: “IF THE WORST HAPPEN, COULD I DEAL WITH IT?” When the answer is” “Yes.” They take the plunge. It’s the secret for the big risks and small risks…

EXAMPLE: Mike is unsure about buying an apartment. He ask: “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Answer: “I could lose my job and be forced to sell the apartment at a loss. I might lose my savings, and have to start all over again.” He says to himself: “Starting over would be frustrating but I’d somehow handle it.” He buys.

EXAMPLE: Cheng wants to ask Jenny for a date. He asks himself: What’s the worst that could happen?”
Answer: “She might throw her Coke in my face.” Cheng says: “I’m used to that sort of treatment! I’ll ask!”

EXAMPLE: Louissy wants to quit medicine to study archaeology. She asks: “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Answer: “My father might hit the roof, my friends might say I’m crazy. I might have to study twice as hard.” She says: “If the worst happened, I’d survive it.”

CONCLUSION: It is not a negative approach to ask “What is the worst that could happen?” It is a way of measuring your commitment. Break your vague fears into specific possibilities, and risk-taking becomes more fun.

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