This article explains why rejection is better than regret, and why you must take risks and be bold to create a life worth living.
Take a moment to imagine yourself sitting in a chair at the end of your life. You are now an old man whose best years are behind you.
As you sit in your chair, you think back on all the things you have achieved in your life.
You think of all the women you knew and all your friends. You look back on your career and wonder what you might have done differently if you had the chance to live your life all over again.
You reflect on all your best and worst memories. After all, memories are your best friend these days.
You think back to the endless hours you spent working in a job that you hated. All the wasted time spent arguing over money and issues that, in retrospect, had little bearing on your life.
You wonder why you didn’t just go out into the world and travel more. There were so many places you wanted to see that you never had a chance to visit.
And then there was your one marriage—an uninspiring, mediocre relationship that you fell into and were too afraid to leave. It was then that you realized you had never tasted real love or passion.
You thought about what might have been had things been different. What might have happened if you’d had the courage just to quit your job and take a couple of risks in life, maybe start your own business…
And what about all the women you’d met that you were too afraid to pursue because you feared rejection and believed that you were unworthy of their love?
Things could have been so different if only you’d had the courage to go after what you’d wanted. It’s a painful realization and a bitter pill to swallow.
As you read this, try to imagine yourself looking back on your life.
Do you want to be a man who has lived a life full of regret or do you want to be a man who can look back on his life with a sense of pride and accomplishment—knowing that you gave life your best shot and made the most of every opportunity.
When you look back on your life, it is risks and moments of courage that define you.
It is the moment you had the courage to walk out of a job that you hated.
It is the moment you started to believe in yourself and pursue your dreams even though you were scared to death.
It is the moment you had the courage to go up to a woman you found attractive and believe that you were good enough to seduce her.
This is what life is all about. And at the end of the day, even if things don’t work out exactly as you had planned, you will be able to look back on your life with a sense of pride.
You took risks when others played it safe.
You shot for the stars and reached the moon… it’s more than most can say.