Nothing that ever changed the world happened in a comfort zone. Even though it seems he was just chiling in the grass, Newton was taking a risk by sitting under the apple tree on a windy day. Risk fascinates us. It lures us. But we fear it.
Mafia capos have such a reputation because they take risks everyday that present life threatening hazards. But it’s their seeming immunity to the fear of retribution that comes along with it that we eulogize. “What the worst could happen? i could get whacked… it’s a possibility, but i’m okay wth that.” And once you’re okay with that, nothing else seems really threatening.
Many of us long to be equally brave and in control of our own destinies. But we’re stranded by fear. Nothing as profound as death. No. Things more important. Like… the fear of losing the monthly salary, for example. The fear of what society thinks – and sometimes society consists of your boys and the girl you’re dating), and of course the fear of failure. And those are just a few of many. So we stay in our comfort zones too scared to move.
But like a baby that lets go of her walker for the first time, could mastering our fear be the key to discovering our purest potential? I don’t know. But i’m certain comfort zones kill. Even yours.
You okay with that?