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Taking a Chance

    Life is a myriad of choices, and the ones we make can be just as impactful as the ones we don’t make. Life can be so beautiful when one gives their love to what they do. When you are in a space where you are doing what you love and where you are happy with you and your work, the rewards can be enormous. Unfortunately, most times, circumstances push us into accepting what we get rather than going for what we want. We are forced into settling, much to the detriment of our passions, goals, and dreams.


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The current pandemic has created a window where each one of us can pursue what they want, as it has allowed some free time. Those who were previously in the office working now have the time to do something on the side. The same goes for those in school, and they now have the chance and opportunity to lay some groundwork in line with their aspirations. We should all take advantage of the lockdown and do as much as we can to ensure that we are not in a situation where we feel forced to do something just for the money.


    Satisfaction and Happiness

Satisfaction and happiness in life are dependent on our independence as individuals and in all aspects of our lives. We not only need to be independent in our personal lives but also in our professional lives or careers. Independence will determine the kind of achievements we will make and how happy we can indeed be. We all need each other even professionally, however, but having something of your own or doing your own thing is essential. It is crucial to understand that you, as an individual, need to consider yourself and your financial wellbeing before you can factor in those who you work alongside. Such thinking does not mean that you should be arrogant or disregard instructions, only that you are the prime factor in that equation. By considering yourself first, you empower yourself into a position where you have the means and resources to empower your colleagues. As such, no one should turn down a promotion in fear of feeling the guilt of succeeding before others. Success is personal, and in this regard, you come first, others later.


Taking a chance is crucial in life as there are many instances where we may feel that we are unable or unqualified to do something. There can also be a lack of self-belief and a lack of confidence where one may feel incapable of achieving something. It is wrong, and any one of us can be what they want to be, so long as they work hard and are dedicated and committed to what they want to do. Such dedication and commitment are what sets one apart from others, and they can shine a light on their inner beauty and prowess. Only those who are genuinely committed and passionate about what they do can genuinely achieve immense success. It takes courage to be successful, and a lack of self-belief inflicts on such courage, and the individual is unable to function at their best. 



Life requires bravery, and we all need to take a leap of faith in ourselves and to ensure that we have enough confidence and self-assurance. I believe that neither of us has any idea of the potential they have. We spend our lives worried and very shaken by the thought of failure that it limits our productivity and flexibility. By looking forward and not worrying about the past or the lengthy future, we can concentrate on the now and do our best. For instance, if you want to be a guru, the ability to meditate in the present defeats an inability to have done the same in the past and the uncertainties of the future. Striking this balance is what sets titans of industry apart. The world’s one percent are fearless, even though shy. They spend their time findings ways to get richer and are very quick to strike for gold without hesitation. That is the spirit that we all need to succeed in life. Those who relent, even in this stay-in, will miss the opportunities brought by advancement in technology and remote working or telecommuting. 


    Personal Life

Beyond careers and dreams, taking a chance is crucial also in personal life, and as an individual, you should always have the intent and drive to take chances. Of course, chances are risky, and even in parenthood or love and relationships, chances can be risky, and we all have the instinct to self-preserve. However, for forward-momentum, and as a way to allow ourselves the opportunity to be happy, we should be willing to risk failure and things going unexpectedly. Sometimes we can make our hearts more vulnerable by loving, and this may seem daunting to us, and it is. However, even if it ends up in anguish and hurt, I believe that there is peace in knowing that one tried and gave their best. Your conscience is clear when you, as an individual, do your best in whatever it is you are taking a chance in, be it love or relationships and even a job. Even when it fails or doesn’t work out, you retain the knowledge and satisfaction that you gave your all and did your best, even as your wishes may not have come to fruition.



Taking a chance is a massive part of being human and human nature. It is also crucial that we create a culture of taking healthy and calculated risks as a way to allow ourselves to grow. By allowing for such facilitation, we open the floodgates to success, and even as we may face risks, the rewards I believe are more than the losses. Living life and doing it to the fullest entails taking a chance on ourselves and others even when we lack the vision of success or doing well. The best thing about life is that what we learn is incremental, and accords us experience that we can apply to other parts of life and consequent choices. When we learn from experiencing something, we are better for it the next time and can effectively strike a balance between aspiration and




It is perfectly proper to have aspirations and ambitions, and such hope is what fuels self-drive and motivation. As individuals, we can exude this attitude and self-drive to the world, and be an inspiration to others in their pursuit of success and happiness. The pursuit of happiness is mandated to all of us and granted in the rights and freedoms of our democracy. As such, we should all be willing to take a chance and aggressively pursue happiness. We should not be or feel guilty for seeking success or pleasure, and we should not allow others to guilt-trip our wanting to get ahead in life. Success, as I said, is personal, and your efforts have nothing to do with the opinions of others. When you work hard and succeed despite such discouragement, you realize that all that is just white noise and cannot stop you from getting what you want if you work hard enough for it.


    Hard Work

Working smart is proper but can only be solidified by hard work that entails or encapsulates working smart. By doing less, there is no guarantee that one’s efforts will amount to what they are trying to achieve. In this sense, success is very much incremental, and the probability for success increases with increasing input and hard work. Think about it. If you only work smart and fail to deliver on substantial effort, you are more likely to fail than you are to succeed. It is not easy to succeed, and nothing in this life is easy. If you do not work hard, then you are not guaranteed success. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain. Hard work sounds demeaning, but it truly takes a lot of repeated, structured, and calculated work to allow for success. Think of success as a train, and hard work as the railway. Only when the hard job of building a railway is complete, can the train sit on the railway and ferry passengers and goods. Without such input and proper execution, there is no guarantee that the train will continue working as much as it can, and travel for as long as it should. Similar reasons are why there has been a lot of issues with poorly built railway systems in Britain, that have been shabbily repaired, leading to weak rails and muddied rail foundations. 



Your effort is your pride, and when you give something one hundred or two hundred percent, this reflects on you and shows. When you genuinely feel that you are pushing yourself and working hard towards something meaningful, you invite success. Ever heard that money attracts money? It is true. When you invest money and resources, including effort and time to something you are passionate about, all your effort counts and increments while complementing other efforts. That is why musicians, even those singing rogue music, remain known for music that they produced years back. Their energy then is not lost as they put in a lot of work and invested real hard-earned money into their passion. To invest in this way, one truly needs to have self-belief and a can-do attitude. When you have the confidence to succeed, others notice it and are attracted to it. They feel your energy and want to be a part of what you are doing.



Sometimes you will be the only one seeing your vision, and others may not see it. You may feel alone and lonely while pursuing your dreams. Such action is what it takes to succeed, and some would say that it is lonely at the top. When others lack the vision, it is understandable as they do not share similar passions. Think of yourself as being a lioness hunting in the grasslands with other lions trailing behind inattentive to the gazelle you have spotted. You have to camouflage and take light steps to catch it even with the risk of the other lions roaring and spooking the gazelle. You also have to be quick to attack and to do it before the other lions alarm the gazelle as they may not be seeing it. By being keen and attentive, you can quickly scram to the gazelle and grab it with your claws. The others will realize your vision and will now understand what was pushing you to work as hard as you did. In life, you are the lioness, the other lions are those who may not see your vision, and the gazelle is the success, and you accomplishing your dreams. 

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David Mania
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David Mania is an upcoming musician and blogger.

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