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''The Worst That Can Happen''

Well, it's clear that you're just apprehensive
and you're making excuses to stall
For the choice you've presented to me here today
Well, there's really no choice there at all

You can do something new with your talents
venture out into realms now unknown
or instead stay at home with your mind wrapped in doubt
wondering, "Has another chance just been blown?"

And "So what?" if the outcome is "iffy"
Sure, your ego may suffer a bruise
There's no contract, no blood, and you keep your first born
What the heck, you've got nothing to lose!

When you look at the possible outcomes
This might work, though we're not quite sure how
But, the worst that can happen is "nothing at all"
And, hello? That's what's happening now!!

I shared a moment of levity with one of my coaching clients this week that I thought I'd share with you. We were discussing a unique "Submit Your Ideas" contest/call for entries currently being hosted by a fairly reputable organization here in the city. She was debating whether or not to participate, since, while the prize (a full-time position with the company) was enticing, she feared that the contest organizers might simply take and use her marketing ideas without compensation. We weighed the pros and cons, and eventually, I encouraged her to enter the contest anyway, but to structure her ideas in such a way as to make herself and her involvement in them an indispensable part of their success. I acknowledged her concern, but insisted that she had nothing to lose when she considered the alternative. My exact words were, "Hey look, you might as well. 'Cause the worst that can happen's already happening!" We shared a laugh, and then pondered the truth and profound implications of the statement. And, so in the spirit of the 287 Friday Inspirations before today's, I offer to you my poetic spin on the moment, as there's always something in another person's experience that you can apply to your own life. Isn't there?

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Walt's Life Rhyme #288
(The Worst That Can Happen)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 04-04-2003
''I share what I know,
so that others may grow!''


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