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You’ll never know until you try

October 30, 2018 by Richard Farrell Jr | Blog

blog, business, Commercial Kitchen, food equipment, foodservice, Positivity, refrigeration, restaurants, service

You’ll never know until you try

You’ll never know until you try

Have you ever wondered…

How hard would it be to expand my business?

I wonder if we can get Restaurant X’s chef to join our team?

Is it possible to jump off the garage roof with my bike, land on the neighbor’s trampoline, do a flip and land upright?

The answer to each of these questions is, as you might have guessed from the blog title, you’ll never know until you try.

When you consider the things you regret, are they more likely to be what you did do or what you didn’t do? Most people regret the chances they didn’t take.

I hope you have a voice in your head that is quick to speak up when you consider trying something new or taking a risk that could pay off big. If you do have that voice and it is more encouraging than it is discouraging, I also hope that you listen to it because it’s telling you that experiences are what help you grow. Professional freestyle bikers all started with a stunt similar to the bike off the roof example above and they probably didn’t nail it on the first try. But what they learned improved the second try.

There are too many discouraging voices in our world; too many people suggesting that “it” can’t be done and urging caution instead of risk. Most of the time, you have to be your own cheering section and that can be challenging. When I decided to travel halfway across the globe to gain new insight into my industry, there were plenty of people who thought I was crazy. There were plenty of suggestions to stay in my lane and build on what I already know.

But I’m a lucky guy who has a really strong voice that’s constantly urging me to get out of my comfort zone. For those of you who have voices that are discouraging rather than encouraging, I suggest that you question whether you can live a truly authentic life if you play it too safe.

There’s nothing wrong with baby-stepping your way into taking chances. You’ll still get rewarded through increased wisdom (or exactly what you hoped to accomplish). The idea is having no regrets, not moments of wondering how your life would have been if you’d only invested in Google stock in the 90s or went to just one more Grateful Dead concert or started your own yoga studio.

List the regrets you currently have. How many are there? Does the list motivate you to approach life differently or are you comfortable with your decisions? Now consider one idea that you’ve been thinking about for awhile. How do you feel about the possibility of adding it to your list of regrets? Meh? Then, o.k., you’re good. Don’t give it another thought. I’m not here to completely turn your life upside down. But if you feel like now is the time to stop adding to a list of regrets, I say go for it. Because… you’ll never know if it will work until you try.