Managing Risks

There is going to be a point in your life where you’re presented with some options. A fork in the road that resembles a trident or even a rake with the option of being content right where you are. While options are nice, too many can present a lot of problems but too few and you might feel helpless. However, each option will come with its own set of risks.

When you’re evaluating each option, it’s best to list out the pros and cons of each one. Some are more obvious than others and more than likely, you’re already biased towards one.

When I graduated this past May, I had options for the next steps I could take in my life. I could’ve moved back home or stayed where I’m at. I could’ve taken or permanent job or something temporary. I could’ve gone back to school or decided to get some experience. All of these things were options I had that came with their own set of risks and rewards.

I ended up staying where I’m at, taking a temporary job, and got some experience. As a fresh graduate, I knew the risks of all of these things and I knew it was probably the hardest path for each choice, however, the benefits that came out of each of those choices far outweighed the risks.

My job ended two months ago and from that time, I’ve learned so much about myself. Something I could not have learned if I had chosen something different. I was placed in an uncomfortable situation that I’m not quite used to. I had to figure things out the hard way.

Looking back there were probably plenty of things I could have done differently but even today, I would not change anything.

Growth happens in a plethora of different ways and everyone has a different path to take. Each choice in your path brings you in a different direction and each choice has a different set of risks and rewards associated with it.

It’s difficult to gauge the weight of your choices until you look back on it but if you do one thing, you’ll be a better person for it.

Trust your instincts.

You know yourself better than anyone and you know that wouldn’t take that risks unless you knew you could handle it. At the time, it might seem overwhelming but once it’s over, you’ll be happy you did it.

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