“What’s the worst that can happen?”

Grace Hopper quote: It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

In life, I find that one of the keys to have courage is by asking myself “what’s the worst that can happen?” It’s often not as bad as you initially fear once you dig in further. Of course, if the answer after some serious thoughts is still “something could go very wrong with high probability,” then don’t do it! That person would be a head-strong fool.

Let’s apply this logic to career moves. “What’s the worst consequence of the action I’m about to take?” The answer is “if I really f*cked this up, I get fired” nine out of ten times. Is taking this risk so earth-shattering or life-threatening? No! You go find another job. Not a big deal. Well, for international workers who depend on company-sponsored visas, you do have to be more careful. However, you can still be brave and take chances.

Per my understanding, Western culture encourages proactive people who take calculated risks. To quote the great computer scientist Grace Hopper, “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” That saying can be interpreted as “go ahead and do it! If it turns out to be a mistake, you admit it and take the responsibility.”

So let’s all be brave and don’t let fears drive our actions!

Rock on!
Rick

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