When I was young, probably around 13 or 14, my brother was into model rockets.
This was something he and my dad did together. I stood and watched from the sidelines with my mom. Apparently, it was a great bonding experience for them and a spectator sport for me.
The usual method of launching the rocket required a 12 volt battery. We tried that, but the launches weren’t anything to get excited about. It was like blowing the paper off a straw with a half-hearted breath.
So, Dad decided more firepower was needed.
The car battery seemed like a good alternative. So he figured out a way to connect the rocket launch to it – and WOW …. the first rocket launch resembled that of the space launch of 1969! There was lots of smoke, plenty of noise, and if I recall, the rocket made it halfway to the moon!
We all stood up and cheered!
Bringing it Home
Those rocket launches are a lot like the risks we take in life.
I’ve been paid to write professionally now for about 4 years. It’s been the joy of my existence during the ups and downs of life. Writing to me is like attaching the car battery to that rocket.
The real launch comes when I share it with others.
Will the reception be as hot as the blast of that moon rocket, or will it be kind of meh like the launch of the paper blown from that straw?
The problem is, you really can’t know in advance.
Every Risk is a Launch
A few years ago, there was this movie called Failure to Launch.
It was popular because it reflected a trend – that of thirtysomethings still living with mom and dad, while putting off the inevitable task of spreading their wings and launching into the real world.
Sure, it’s scary.
Yes, there is risk involved.
But the truth is you can’t really live a single day free from all risks.
So go ahead. Take that step. Launch out into the unknown.
If You Want to Grow ...
Fred Smith, Sr. said, “There is no growth in the comfort zone.”
And there is no growth if you fail to launch.
Sure, you’ll be exposed.
People might criticize you.
They might make you think you’re not good enough.
But maybe they’re just jealous that you tried.
And remember, Thomas Edison failed over 14,000 times when he tried to perfect the incandescent light bulb. But he didn’t call it failure. To him, it was just a dip in the learning curve.
We all have to ride the ups and downs of our learning curves in order to emerge victorious on the other side.
So go ahead and launch into the new year with high hopes. Do something to make your life better. And be sure to share your gifts. Then the world can benefit, and will be on its way to becoming a truly better place.