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March 23, 2017

Your Kids Need to Take More Risks (We All Do)

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”
(Will Rogers)

This may sound crazy, but I want my kids to take more risks. Not necessarily the kind I took as a teen, like jumping off my chimney into my pool (beyond stupid), but the kinds of risks they’d regret NOT taking. Like…

  • Starting their own business
  • Trying to learn a new skill
  • Asking out that girl, or guy, they think is out of their league
  • Creating something that might get critiqued
  • Confronting someone continually mistreating them

This is a chapter subject of our newest book, Choose Your Own Adulthood, which comes out next week. In it, I cite a number of studies involving interviews with older people reflecting on their lives. As you can imagine, the vast majority of them reported their greatest regrets were the risks they didn’t take.

Probably true for most of us as well. So go ahead, as the chapter is titled, and Risk More, Regret Less.

You won’t regret it.

Peace begins with pause,

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