Why Do We Stop Taking Risks?

I wonder if we stop taking risks as we age because the social cost of failure grows too high…

In our youth, we don’t expect perfection from ourselves. We don’t care what others think. We believe we can learn new skills, try new things, and become better with a little practice.

Maybe we just do it naturally without even thinking.

Something changes within us.

We lose a little bit of the child inside.

We soon worry more about how others perceive us. We convince ourselves that we should play it safe instead of doing new things that push us forward.

In the end, we hold ourselves back from high achievement.

Are we taught this, or is it a natural part of our development?

The most successful people I know don’t worry about the social costs of taking risk. Their personal worth is not influenced by their mistakes and failures.

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
– Frank Scully

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