A Safe Career Comes at a Steep Cost

The question is not whether you have a talent, but how long it will take you to discover and apply it. If you are not actively striving to identify your talent and develop your right livelihood, you are passively engaging in self-sabotage.

It is understandable why so many opt for a “safe” life doing work that they do not enjoy, especially when there are children to be raised and a mortgage to be paid.

Most people live for their pension instead of their passion.
Les Brown

It is easy to make excuses for not developing your talents, for not exploring other opportunities, for not pursuing a more challenging career path. “I need a steady paycheck to support my family.” “There are too many other people doing what I want to do.” “I’ve invested too much time and money in learning how to do this job.”

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

Yes, leaving your boat chained to the dock is easier and safer than setting sail in uncharted waters; but the first choice leads to stagnation while the second leads to salvation.

Fear not. You are not alone. You are never alone. Pay heed to the angels whispering in your ear, urging you to take that first step in faith.

Leap and the net will appear.
Zen wisdom

Trot contentedly along instead of choosing to gallop, and you will find that a safe life often comes at a steep cost.

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.
Rabindranath Tagore

Safety is no friend of growth. If you steadfastly refuse to leave a job that no longer serves you, you may wake up one day to discover that you have become obsolete.

Worse yet, you will have denied yourself experiences that would have broadened your horizons and deepened your awareness and self-knowledge.

It is a virtuous circle. The greater your courage and confidence, the more determined you are to materialize the career that ceaselessly calls your name. The more you apply yourself to learning and mastering new skills, the greater your self-awareness. The farther you travel down the path of self-discovery, the greater your fortitude and self-reliance.

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.
Jim Rohn

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2 Responses to “A Safe Career Comes at a Steep Cost”

  1. Carol Benedict Says:

    This is an insightful post. There’s a lot to think about here.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Glad you found it thought-provoking, Carol!

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