Are You Taking Risks?

Or are you avoiding them?

Aaron Schnoor
3 min readMar 21, 2024
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How often do you take risks?

It’s a question I ask myself often. And if I’m being completely transparent, the answer is always not enough.

Most people don’t like to take risks. We like to remain within our own comfort zone, staying in an area that feels safe.

It’s okay to be comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable in itself.

But it’s when comfortability becomes complacency that we start to regress.

Growth does not occur without taking risks, without a willingness to push ourselves to a higher level.

Are you in college right now and taking a difficult elective solely because it interests you? That’s a risk.

Are you managing your own company, starting a side hustle, or forming an LLC? That’s a risk.

Are you publishing an article on Medium for the first time? That’s a risk.

Risks don’t have to be huge things. In fact, I think a series of small risks can often be better—and less consequential—than one big risk. Big risks can lead to big failures. Small risks lead to small failures. But small risks, when compounded over time, can lead to the same amount of growth as big risks.