Take What You Need: You Need to Take a Risk 1


“I was 17 when I thought of the concept of the Take What You Need series. I was taking a GO Train and knew no one would bother to read until I had taken a chance on my own advice and done something with it.” – A.R.

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Your head and your heart may end up being the two biggest adversaries you have the privilege of siding with in your life. There will be times you look back and commend yourself for having made all the right decisions at the optimal times, and times you’ll be equally in awe at how you made a choice on a whim and it paid off. What’s certain is this: there are times you need to listen to your head, and times you need to listen to your heart. Neither one will work out for you if you listen to it 100% of the time.

When I was 21, I was faced with a choice. I could study for a big midterm or I could piss away those precious cram hours having coffee with one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen. To tell you which I ended up doing would be no fun, but what I will say is this: the risky path is the one you should travel often when you’re young.

Make mistakes. Relish your successes but relish failures too. Study hard (because it’s your f$%^ing job when you’re young), play hard. Work for what you wish to achieve. Reward yourself accordingly. Be the person you yourself would envy. And when you reach your goals, get new ones immediately.

So what do you take away from this? Make one decision today that you wouldn’t normally make. It can be as small as trying your coffee black for the first time, or as big as approaching someone you’ve only spoken to in your dreams. But take a chance, step outside of your comfort zone and expand your appetite for risk as a result.


P.S. The girl ended up being the least down to earth person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I got a 61% on the exam which dropped my GPA off of the Dean’s list. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

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