Picture a rainy day with a partly covered sidewalk, with plenty of people walking along:
Chances are you’ve got two choices – you can take the dry path, walking under the covered part of the sidewalk, and join the bigger crowd, taking longer to get from A to B. Or, if you don’t mind getting a bit wet to meet your objectives, you can step out from under cover and bypass the crowd.
It’s a useful analogy for life at times – stepping out into the rain is a risk. You might catch a cold from getting too wet, you might slip and fall, or you might stray too close to the kerb and get splashed by a passing car. Yet you might equally get to your destination faster than the majority of people trudging along in the crowd doing their best to stay dry.
I think it’s worthwhile keeping this in mind – many people become so risk averse they’ll always stay in the crowd and avoid taking a risk to get ahead. Yet, success in so many industries and walks of life comes from looking at the crowd ahead of you and deciding – I can bypass this by stepping out on my own.
Don’t be afraid of the rain. Challenge yourself to walk in it from time to time.