Watching the recent Winter Olympics, I was struck over and over with the idea that those who won medals consistently pulled out all the stops and risked everything. On the other hand, those who gave “safe” performances ended up with mediocre results.
The same is true in relationships. Friendships involve risk and vulnerability. If you remove all risk and vulnerability, you also remove any chance at real friendship. So often we try to protect ourselves from being hurt.
We hold back some of our emotions or talents or effort to avoid embarrassment or because of fear of failure. To the extent we do this, we remove the possibility of succeeding in that area.
Success Tip: Give your all in every situation. The greatest success comes to those who allow themselves to be vulnerable and to embrace reasonable risks.