“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done”
I’ve been on the edge many times and sometimes I’ve actually jumped. I don’t mean literally, just my personal edge, but it was a leap nonetheless and it took some bravery to do so.
I don’t see myself as the type of person that will ever jump out of an airplane or heli-ski down a mountain, but I still come across opportunities to be more courageous in my life and my career daily. And taking risks more times than not has led to unforeseen opportunities, growth, and increased levels of confidence to go forward and take more risks!
Part of why I love TV production is that no two projects are ever the same. Each has a new creative goal with its unique set of demands, deadlines, crew, equipment and challenges. Some times the elements are familiar, the locations are friendly and the content seems tame. But other times it feels foreign and turbulent, alien and scary, totally unpredictable and risky.
Even after over a decade of being a producer I still find myself feeling fearful over some decisions and concerned about the outcome and the impact of doing something that may fail. How will it look if I’m wrong, what if they think I’m a fraud? But there are no guarantees so with the best intention and armed with information I practice taking risks so I can bring innovation and excitement to my work and my life. And it’s exhilarating!
Here are some of the things that support me along the way:
• Trust Yourself: No matter what the goal is stay tuned to your comfort zone and if it feels iffy give yourself permission to change course or change your mind. Your inner knowing speaks the truth.
• Look before you leap: Be informed and be prepared. Consider what opportunities will come if things don’t go the way you plan. Creativity emerges when things fail so keep your eyes open and be flexible.
• Make failure your ally: That says it all. Nothing informs you more than what hasn’t worked. Make friends with it and have options.
• Take baby steps: Find something with low stakes and try taking a risk. Like talking to someone at the grocery store or complimenting someone in an elevator. It’s good practice.
Life is a series of calculated risks and we risk every day. What are you willing to risk to be more fully you?
And if you want some additional encouragement on how to become a risk taker check out this article:
See you on set!