Posted June 25, 2011 12:22 am by with 2 comments

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The video above is titled “People Are Awesome”. To be completely honest with you, it should be titled “These People Are Awesome”. Because let’s face it not all of us are as amazing. But, that doesn’t matter because each one of us has extraordinary potential. That’s right, each one of us has the potential to do amazing things. The problem is that most of us never reach our full potential to truly realize what we’re capable of doing. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t happy. The vast majority ofpeople have positive and productive lifestyles but still never grasp their full potential. One of the glaring reasons that we never get close to our true potential is our innate fear.

Fear is a natural part of the human experience. But so is nausea. To reach your full potential you must learn to squelch your fears and take risk. It’s only common sense that the bigger the risk the greater the reward. Take for example a recent posting on Quora where an anonymous user details his experience of becoming a drug trafficker. Here someone took extraordinary risk and for a brief period of time reaped the benefits. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we need to break the law or put ourselves in danger, but most of us aren’t even willing to take small risk that could have substantial impact on our future.

The funny thing about this is that most of us in technology and entrepreneurship fool ourselves into believing that we take a risk on a regular basis but the truth is trying something new such as new technology or social media isn’t risk-taking, but rather continuing to do something that we are already comfortable with. Real risk-taking involves confronting obstacles that are both challenging and uncertain. Julien Smith blogged about this:

Thing is, the edge is where all the cool stuff happens. I know you don’t want to make a decision that is irrevocable and wrong– a decision from which you might never recover– that’s natural. But guess what?

You are actually in the middle of an open field, inside your house, clutching your purse, crying like a little girl while looking at an edge you see on television.

In other words? You are nowhere near the edge.

I think its real important for everyone to realize what Julien is saying above. We need to start being mindful of our own boundaries before we can attempt to break free of them. Because just on the other side of our boundaries, is where real risk occur, and just beyond that, are the rewards.

  • I have absolutely no idea how that kid made that basketball shot — he must have measured the angles like mad before trying it. Great video.

  • Being great takes guts. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to do, you have to be willing to go outside of your comfort zone if you want people to sit up and pay attention. The world is full of the mundane. Being remarkable means being willing to do what no one else is doing.