Regrets

Why we should fear inaction more than mistakes.

Back in the 1950's, my grandpa had the opportunity to buy some desert property for about $4 per acre. He was a little offended by the offer, as anyone could see the land was worthless. Water was said to be 1,000 feet down and there was no development going on anywhere nearby. Obviously, he turned the offer down.

Way before Grandpa retired on a small pension, that land was covered with shopping malls and million-dollar homes.

Grandpa is a good man, but he lacked the foresight to recognize an opportunity when he saw it. Someone else saw what he didn't, and is probably still cashing in on the opportunity Grandpa thought he'd be a fool to accept.

He's not bitter about it, but if you think he doesn't regret that decision, you'd be wrong.

Living with regrets is one of my biggest fears. There's almost nothing worse than looking back at the past and wishing you'd done things differently.

That's why I believe it's so important to take real, concrete action on our goals and dreams.

Yes, sometimes we'll fail. But I'd rather try and fail than to always wonder “what might have been.”

But that's only part of the story, because sometimes things work out way better than we ever could have hoped, or even dreamed!

That's why I believe it's so important to take real, concrete action on our goals and dreams. Yes, sometimes we'll fail. But I'd rather try and fail than to always wonder "what might have been."

That's why we have to try. It's got to be horrible to reach the end of your life, and look back to see only opportunities we were too fearful to try.

And may God forbid my children grow up and say “Dad always played it safe.”

“Safe” is not prosperous. “Safe” is not leadership. And “safe” is definitely not exciting.

It may not even be “safe” in the long run.

Yes, we should be prudent about the opportunities we choose to involve ourselves in. Nobody wants to “buy a bridge in Brooklyn.”

But I've always believed “fear” is often rationalized as “prudence.” And that's a terrible shame.

It sounds a little trite to say it, but as they say in basketball, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Wouldn't you rather regret a failed try, than a failure to try in the first place?

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