“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

– Erica Jong

Consider a bird perched on the edge of its nest, contemplating flight for the first time. It could choose to remain nestled in the security of its home, shielded from the unknown perils that await it in the sky. But if it never spreads its wings, it will forever be confined to the confines of its comfortable abode. Only by mustering the courage to embrace the risk of flight can it experience the freedom and wonder of soaring through the heavens.

Similarly, if we refuse to embrace risks, we deny ourselves the chance to discover our true potential. Growth lies on the other side of uncertainty, and greatness is often forged in the crucible of risk-taking.

Every successful endeavor carries an element of risk, like a tightrope walker traversing a thin wire high above the ground. It is the tension between the familiar and the unknown that propels us forward, inspiring us to reach new heights.

So let go of the illusion of safety and venture into the realm of risk. For in doing so, you open the door to boundless opportunities and invite the winds of change to carry you to new shores.

Remember, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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