Yes, I do think that I am a risk taker most of the timebecause I feel that we would not be able to achieve our goals in life byplaying it safe all the time. I feel that the world outside of our comfort zonecan be huge and scary until we are willing to put ourselves out there and takea risk, we will never be able to achieve a satisfactory success and realize ourpotential. Hence, at times, we should leave our comfort zone and embracerisk-taking to be able to realize our fullest potential whether or not itfails. One example of myself taking a risk is during my N levelswhen I scored an aggregate of 16 points which I was really disappointed with.
Iwas able to decide whether or not I proceed my journey to O levels or take theHigher Nitec path in ITE. Due to my disappointment, I wanted to take on the ITEroute as I was already demoralized and unmotivated to do well for O levels. Hence, I was in dilemma because if I wanted to continue totake my O levels, I will have to put in twice the effort due to thedifficulty mentioned by my teachers. In addition, if I failed, I will wastea year and ended up in ITE as well. However, if I studied for HigherNitec, I will have a higher chance to get into a polytechnic but with acourse that I do not have any interest in.
With much considerations, I ended up taking the risk of havingmy O levels in secondary 5 and studied really hard for it thus, achieving what Iwanted. I was glad that I overcome my fears of not being able to do well for amajor exam. Therefore, through this, it boosts my confidence of my academicprogress until today because I believe that if I want to achieve it, I can. Thereward I gained was overcoming my fear, gaining self-confidence and growing in resilience.
Sometimes, the reward from being a risk-taker is not extrinsic but intrinsic. All in all, I conclude that taking a risk outweighs the prosthan cons because I feel that in order to achieve anything in life, we need totake positive and calculated risk despite the obvious negative outcomes. By nottaking the risk, we run a bigger risk of being left behind. Therefore, failureis not the end of one’s journey to success but usually the beginning and astepping stone to success.