Don’t Let Other People Make You Afraid of Taking Chances

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In this episode, we discuss how we should follow our dreams and passions, and not let other people hold us back from pursuing them.

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Hi Everyone, welcome to the You’re Daily Cup of Joe Podcast, with your host Joe Bautista. In this podcast, my goal is to give you quick lessons that you can reflect on in your journal so you can grow yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and have a better career, better relationships, and better personal finances while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee.

I’m also the author of the book “More You Know, More You Grow: How to Get Better Every Day”. In this book, I wrote down over 30 tips to help you grow in those four cornerstones. I’m also the founder of Grow With Joe, where I combine self-development coaching and financial planning for Latino Professionals.

In today’s episode, we are going to talk about how we shouldn’t let other people make us afraid of taking chances. Playing it safe in life is one of the worst things we can do in life. It causes to ponder at the end of life, what if? And I don’t want to say what if. If someone older tells you that they wish they would have done something when they were your age, you should probably listen to them.

I’m 34 years old now and I like to say that I don’t have that many regrets because I took a lot of chances. I have a lot more stuff I want to accomplish in life, but all I can do is all I can do. Forever I wanted to learn Spanish but living in the United States didn’t provide me a lot of opportunities and it was so easy to talk in English. I tried using Duolingo and buying flashcards but it was of limited success.

Then I heard on a podcast that immersion is the easiest way to learn Spanish and after 9 months in Latin America, I would have to agree. My Spanish has improved tremendously since I’ve been here because I’m forced to speak and listen in Spanish. Now I can comprehend what people around me are saying for the most part.

This was taking a chance though. I told myself that I had to quit my job to start my own thing and then from there I just had to take the leap. I’ve made mistakes and I had setbacks, but I learned from these events and now I feel like I’m a better person. Now I feel like after I learn Spanish, I want to live in Europe and learn German and French. I just want to test the outer limits of my human potential.

There were some people that question my motives but I know I needed to take this leap to become the person I am meant to be. It’s hard but you don’t want validation from the people that already know you because they already have a set perception on who you should be and that’s the person that knows you as. Maybe if you can change as a person and they don’t change, then that is something they don’t want to face.

But don’t worry about taking a chance, just do it. The opposite of success is not a failure, it’s nothing. When you try something and it doesn’t work, you still gained valuable wisdom and experience to help you on your next chance. If you do nothing, then you still have nothing and this is the mindset we need to have.

When I try something and it doesn’t work, I usually tell myself that I need to fix this area or I need to practice in this area, and just to get back on the horse and ride again. The ride is going to be bumpy until I can learn how to break the horse and then have the horse work for me. I can’t focus on what other people think because they are the ones not doing the work, they’re just bystanders. And what has a bystander ever really accomplished anything? The answer is nope.

And that’s it for today’s episode, to summarize it, don’t let other people make you afraid of taking chances. They are just bystanders, and bystanders don’t get anything done. It’s the activist that make noise and do the work. This is how we’re going to make positive changes with ourselves, our community, and the world. In the beginning, taking chances are most likely not going to work out but it really just takes a few wins to help give you the momentum to the point where you have control over your life. So don’t worry about what the bystanders are thinking or doing. Just focus on your work and keep doing it because do you really want to get to the point in life where you’re saying that you wish you would have done something when you were younger. I know I don’t and you shouldn’t either.

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