Throughout my childhood, my parents often told me that I was not living up to my own potential... specifically in regards to my musical training and academics. Because success came easily for me, I was unmotivated to work any harder than necessary. I wasn't striving to fulfill my own potential, only to achieve a respectable degree of success in comparison to my peers. I played it safe.
However, I had an older brother and friends who pushed me out of my comfort zone, consistently. It brought up all of my insecurities and forced me to face my fears, again and again. As I advanced into adulthood, it became obvious to me that as I grew more confident, I needed a greater push to get me to that edge. The notion of playing it safe no longer appealed to me.
As I look at the world around me, I see too many people who consistently hedge their bets and make pragmatic choices... from day to day decisions to those opportunities that might come around once in a decade.
In contrast, I also meet people who consistently test their limits and go big. And with risk comes commensurate reward. Those people inspire me tremendously. They have become my role models, who by their example, push me positively towards my growing edge.
I dream big. And I've decided to LIVE just as big. Unless I practice... practice playing my edge and getting out of my comfort zone, I won't be prepared to make the big choices that will enable me to LIVE my dreams.
The moral of this story... PLEASE GO BIG! The world is waiting for your immeasurable impact.