It’s all a Game of Risk

What’s the deal?
Spin the wheel
If the dice are hot…take a shot
Play your cards. Show us what you got
What you’re holding
If the cards are cold
Don’t go folding
Lady Luck is golden
She favors the bold
That’s cold
Stop throwing stones
The night has a thousand saxophones
So get out there and rock
And roll the bones
Get busy!

~Rush~

Risk.

One simple easy word to read, not so easy to live by. If there is one certain driving force to the Art reinvention it is the willingness to risk. To risk failure. To risk embarrassment. To risk your life savings or risk taking a chance on total uncertainty. It’s not the way we’ve been brought up necessarily. We’ve been taught to save your money, not make a fool of ourselves, seek security above all else, chase the American dream. Well, I don’t know about you but none of that really worked out the way I had planned.

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

During my years at the newspaper I worked for everyday I went to the office I feared I could lose my job. Everyday. For 27 years. And you know what. I finally did. And the fear was much worse than the reality. I worried myself sick about what would I do if I lost my job. And once I did I found it was liberating and energizing. I set up my own freelance business and though it has been bumpy in a bad economy it’s been one heck of a lot of fun. I’m still adjusting to being my own boss but I have to tell you, I wish I had struck out on my own years ago.
I’m off right now risking. I’m flying to Dallas to finish up the final details to relocate there in August. Other than moving during the hottest month of the year I am so excited and energized that I can hardly sleep. Am I scared. Sure. A little. But if you don’t feel at least a little fear it means you aren’t risking enough. So for me it’s time to push the envelope, get out of my comfort zone and start life completely over in a new place, with a fresh new, positive attitude.
And you? Are you risking lately?

Behold the turtle. 

He makes progress

only when he sticks his neck out. 

~James Bryant Conant~

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3 comments

  1. Joe Donatelli

    Hi Drew,

    We’ve never met. I’m a friend of M.E. Sprengelmeyer’s. We worked at Scripps-Howard together. Saw this on his Facebook feed and had to check it out. This is great. Last year I was laid off from my job (I am also a journalist) and I started a blog, so as I read through your posts I kept nodding my head, thinking, “I can relate.” I now freelance and am doing the type of writing I want to do. Not to get all Tony Robbins on you, but my worst moment, professionally, actually led to my best moment. Not that I could see it at the time.

    Looking forward to seeing where this takes you.

    I hope it’s somewhere unexpected.

    Good luck.

  2. Luke Clarke

    Well said, Drew. Look forward to your future successes. Best of luck with the move.

  3. Peg

    I’m so excited for, and proud of, you and the risks you are presently taking in your life.

    Risking, and trusting oneself enough to take chances, in an ever-changing economy, is both commendable and inspiring. Heck, in any kind of economy, for that matter! As I was sitting at work, in my tiny three-walled cubicle, waiting for the next call to come ringing through, I thought a lot about the risks I have taken in my own life. I also thought about the last time I took a career/job-related risk. It has been a few years.

    I’m not content where I find myself career-wise. I am, however, extremely thankful to have a job. Prior to me being hired by my present employer, I found myself unemployed twice within an eight month period. So, even if what I’m doing isn’t what I want to be doing, I feel it is better for me to be safe than sorry, and without a job. Too much loss experienced over the past eleven years, has decreased my willingness to take risks. Especially as a single person with limited resources. I have become resistant to trying something new work-wise, for fear that it won’t work out.

    To risk is to trust, and believe, in oneself enough to take a chance on the unknown. You’re my hero. You’ve boarded a flight into the great unknown that comes with taking a risk. You’re creating a new vision for your life, for your future. I wish I knew how, and could do the same.

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