Friday, October 5, 2012

The One Who Risks Nothing

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by Frank R Johnson

Recently, I was listening to a series of tapes by Law of Attraction coach, Bob Proctor, whom I hold in high regard.

In a talk called "Take Risks," he made this statement: The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.

At first, I though that this could be taken to be too harsh, particularly the last part where he says "is nothing." You, as I do, might feel that every person has intrinsic value that must be considered.

However, that is not what Bob Proctor means here. I think that,for the sake of making an outspoken point here, he has intentionally left out a number of words.

If you "risk nothing, do nothing," then you may be doing something else does not involve risk, whose end result will not be fruitful and grow, or multiply.

That leaves the last two phrases, "has nothing, and is nothing," as a result of your not taking a risk and doing nothing. He concludes that the result will be that you will gain nothing and you will become nothing, meaning that your results will be in the same place or state as when you started off. However, his conclusion that you are nothing is incorrect.

I would like to see this sentence written as: The person who risks nothing, does not take action, has gained nothing, and is no better off from where he started from.

I think I know why Bob Proctor chose to say it his way and not mine. His way may get your agitated or upset. When you are in this state, you may question something about yourself, and rethink how it may apply to your particular case. You may ultimately change some old behavior pattern, resulting in a positive change or growth.

My more watered down statement, which is a more accurate representation of the truth, does not get you anywhere as agitated. It's a simple statement of certain facts, and will let you off the hook from taking a risk and changing whatever is holding you back; you will remain exactly where you are or even below where you were at the starting point.

So which way is the right way to say the statement you might ask?

My response is they both are when used in the proper or the correct time and/or environment. I can see how they both have their places in teaching people about risks.

Bob's way can be used as a call to action ... while my way can be used as a call to attention of a fact. Frank R. Johnson, aka "FantasticFrank", was Trapped in a Fire, Carried out in a Body Bag, and is Motivated to Inspire Others.

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