Why should you take risks? If you are afraid of personal failure, it may be time to start thinking about the people around you.
Taking risks becomes much easier when you prioritize other people. Unless you take risks in your career, no one can learn from you. Additionally, if you are striving to serve others, your mission can override any sense of self-doubt or insecurity.
Adopt the mindset of the artist and the educator. Aspire to inspire.
Many entrepreneurs publicize their bold business strategies, so other people can learn from their experiences. While running Village Capital, a venture capital firm, Ross Baird and Alex Fife taught courses at the University of Virginia, sharing their successes and struggles with students. Similarly, Hannah Rosenfeld has been blogging about her experiences as she tests innovative marketing strategies at Buddy Watch.
By striving to serve and educate, you can draw courage from a higher purpose and alleviate fear of failure. When John Kluge marched into the United Nations wearing a Mario costume, he was working to raise awareness for global sanitation and Toilet Hackers. Since he was serving a higher purpose, he was able to be bold, break social norms, and have a blast. It would be nearly impossible to muster the courage for such antics if he was solely out for personal gain.
Most importantly, remember that risk leads to innovation. Entrepreneurial ecosystems and cutting-edge corporations thrive off of risk. Success results in accelerated growth and higher returns, while failure serves as a cautionary model for the future. Learning is the worst-case scenario.
If you want to be bold, be selfless. Prioritize other people, and don’t be afraid to take risks in your career.