Friday, September 7, 2018

Chancing the Arm! - SUCCESS demands RISK

On display at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, is an ancient door with a rough, hewn, rectangular opening hacked in the center.  Here's the story: 

In 1492 two Irish families (the Ormonds and Kildares) were involved in a bitter feud.  Besieged by Gerald Fitzgerald (the Earl of Kildares), Sir James Butler (the Earl of the Ormonds) and his followers took refuge in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

The seige wore on for several weeks and Gerald Fitzgerald concluded that the feud was foolish.  The two families worshipped the same God, lived in the same community, and attended the same church--yet they were engaged in a life or death battle.  Fitzgerald went to the chapel door where the Ormands were held up.  He called Sir James and promised on his honor that no harm would come him.

Sir James feared treachery and refused to respond.  Fitzgerald grabbed a spear and hacked a hole in the door.  Then he thrust his arm through it.  In a moment his arm was grasped by Sir James and the feud ended.  It was from this gesture that we get the expression "Chancing (risking) one’s arm."

"Chancing the arm!"  Such and act involves the possibility of great peril or tragedy.  "Chance the arm" and somebody might cut it off.  On the other hand, if you do nothing, you will probably battle yourself into oblivion.  Some things that are worth the risk. 

To be successful in any of life's ventures will demand that we  cultivate the ability to take some risks in our lives.  

I learned an important lesson.  If you want something you've got to go for it.  There are no guarantees your dreams will come true if you go for them.  But one thing is certain!  Your dreams will never come true if you don't take a chance and risk something. No matter how you slice it, SUCCESS demands RISK.  If you want to squeeze the life out of life, you must assume certain risks. 

Story : A businessman left the town, leaving his fortune in the care of three servants.  The first servant had been given a $500,000.00  The second servant received $250,000.00.  The third $100,00.00.

The first two servants took some risks with the money. Perhaps they join a Network Marketing company.  Who knows?  But one thing was certain.  They took a risk and it paid off.  They doubled their boss's money!

The third guy took no risks.  Instead he buried the money in the ground. He was afraid of failure so he took no risks. 

When the business man returned he was so impressed by the first two's efforts that he made them partners in his corporation.  Then the third man approached and said:  "I knew you were a tough and shrewd businessman.  I was afraid to take any risks with your money.  I put it in a safe and protected it.  Here is every dime you gave me!"

The boss replied: "You lazy bum!…At the least you could have put the money in the bank to earn a little interest.  Give the money to the man who has a million--you're fired.  Get out of my site."  The Lesson : "The one who risks will always be given more.  The man who is unwilling to risk will loose whatever he's got."

What do you want?  Are you willing to take some risks to achieve your desired success?

Do you want to be a successful in Network Marketing?  Then you've got to risk some rejection when you make your prospecting phone calls.

Do you want to be a successful Internet entrepreneur?  Then you've got to risk a little capital to get your Website built and hosted by a reliable server.

Do you want to be a successful author?  The you've got to WRITE your articles and risk rejection after you SUBMIT THEM. 

Want to have a successful romantic relationship with somebody special?  Then you've got to risk letting down your guard and being emotionally vulnerable.

What risks are you willing to take today to make all your tomorrows more successful?

Chance the arm!

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