I received this quote from consultant Steve Kloyda, and it reminded me of some of the experiences that I have had when advising employers on ways to manage the risks and threats they face. Many show reluctance to embrace changes in the way they conduct some portion of their operations that historically has improved outcomes for others.
Here is the quote Steve shares from the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” At the end of the movie actress Judi Dench is reflecting on the past 51 days. She is having the following silent conversation in her head.
“The only real failure is the failure not to try and the measure of success
is how we cope with disappointments, as we always must. We came
here and we tried all of us in our different ways. Can we be blamed
for feeling we are too old to change? Are we scared of disappointment
to start it all again? We get up in the morning we do our best. Nothing
else matters. But it is also true, the person who risks nothing does
nothing and has nothing. All we know about the future is it will be
different. Perhaps what we fear is it will be the same. We must
celebrate the changes. As someone once said everything will be alright
in the end and If it’s not alright, than trust me, it’s not yet the end.”
What are your thoughts about taking risks and the potential “downside” that may come with a change, or a new approach? How has taking risks affected your practice or business? What rewards have you experienced?