hobbyist wrote:I prefer to think that I am realistic and weigh the risks/rewards before doing something.
That only works up to a point, is my point. There are many people who have just gone for it and succeeded in situations where if they had weighed up the risk/rewards before doing something, they would not have done it.
I'm one of them. My current job (I founded a now very viable company and employ a number of bright sparks who are making it go from strength to strength) went against the grain in many ways and no sane backer would ever have invested in it on paper. I went to that meeting, looked them in the eye, promised I could do it and even though some of the things I was saying I had no idea
how I was going to deliver, I had faith I'd figure it out and that was tomorrow's problem. And indeed I figured out ways of doing them, with help from people who understood what I was trying to do.
Equally, there are people who have
weighed up the risks/rewards, done nothing as a result and regretted it ever since. I know, or at least used to know, some of them. They are still moaning about how rubbish life is, and how they could, should or would have done this or that. Ultimately they turn into "it's somebody elses fault" mindsets and it's no way to be.
Don't impose that mindset on the youth, they have more ability and drive than you might imagine, even against the odds. Also, and especially when you're young, failure is an option. It is this mindset that powered many of the companies with multi-billion turnovers around today. Try it, and if it doesn't work out, shrug it off and try something else. Rinse and repeat. For those of us who are now a little older it's a hard lesson to learn because back in the day things didn't work that way, but it works and more power to their elbow.
Youngsters should be encouraged to throw themselves at anything they want to do. Not at the expense of all else, but to follow their heart regardless. They are way better at bouncing back than older folk are, and they have time to do it too. Plus, now and again they succeed with the craziest plans, which if they'd weighed the odds beforehand they would never have even attempted.
Fear is the enemy.