There’s nothing that brings out the best in humanity than making big decisions to pursue unlikely (or just plain difficult to achieve) outcomes.
Starting your dream startup. Deciding to try fundraise. Or starting a new career and hoping you’ll make the most of it, enjoy it, and become successful in it. Beginning a new chapter to travel overseas and maybe find yourself, or even a partner. Deciding to invest a large stake in a risky venture.
These are all like accepting an invitation to register for a competition, to join a competition, to hopefully win some undefined prize. Like making the leap of a decision that you want to try audition for a game show, despite the odds of you getting in (let alone winning) minute.
Why do these people bother?
What intrigues me is that these decisions are almost a step too far for our brains to compute. They’re so high in mental energy and costs, and so distant from a defined or foreseeable reward; yet we still do them.
Maybe there’s a part of us that likes to suffer (I don’t love that explanation).
Maybe it’s our difficulty in calculating risk versus reward. After all, I’ve got no idea what makes one of these gambles worth taking, while another is considered too fanciful. Perhaps these decisions are actually more predicated on our mood’s affect on risk appetite, than the reward itself.
Or maybe, we’ve simply decided that our curiosity to venture into the unknown is what makes life exciting.
To me, because these leaps sit at the top of the decision tree they are most relatable and inspiring. The outcome almost doesn’t matter; it still makes for a great story and brings out some of the best in humanity.
Maybe it is in fact all about the journey. Maybe that thing you’ve always dreamt of does deserve a shot.
There’s probably nothing much to lose.