be jumping off cliffs
and developing our wings
on the way down.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
Earlier this year, I wrote about the small steps of kaizen. Since I am a full-fledged advocate of embracing paradox, I will now write about big steps, jumping-off-of-cliff steps. After all, how do we develop wings without these steps.
I am not talking about being a dare devil jumper, but rather about a willingness, in following your true path, to take big steps when needed. There are just times when a big step is called for.
Of course, taking a big step is scary because there is some risk involved. Two things on risk: Helen Keller told us that "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all." And on the other side of this, I got knocked over the other day. My face is still swollen and hurting. I would like to say that I was ocean kayaking or rock climbing when this happened, but I was taking out the trash can, when a gust of wind came up and blew a fence gate into me. If I can get hurt taking out the trash, I might as well "go for it."
And there is that risk of the unlived life. I know in business they talk about the cost of inaction. Check out the Parmenides Fallacy from Professor Philip Bobbit from the University of Texas. Parmenides was a Greek philosopher who believed the world was static and change was not real. I have a few arguments with him.
’There is plenty of research to show that inaction does not serve the entrepreneur. I took a big risk a few years ago, when I "jumped" into my car (Note: I did not literally jump into my car) and drove north to join Bill Baren's Big Shift program. I wasn't sure my car, or I, would make it to the positive side of being an entrepreneur, but here I am! (I wrote that like the declaration it is!)
As for writing your book, there are risks. You might find out in the process of writing the book, that you don't know as much as you thought you knew. As you write your book, you might find you have to prioritize yourself and your book, and risk what your friends and family will think about that. When you publish your book, some people might disagree with what you wrote. You do see that written out, all of these risks have simple remedies or just don't matter.
In fact, I would argue that the risk of not writing your book, of not standing up and offering your wisdom to the world, is the risk that I don't wish for anyone. So write your book :-)