Playing it Safe...

Playing is safe is easy.

Playing it safe will get you the same results.

Playing it safe is... well, safe.

When is it time to take measured risk?  When is it time to try something new?  Here's a portion of a great inspirational speech to help answer these questions from Steve Jobs at the Stanford Commencement address in 2005:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
— Steve Jobs

You might have heard this before.  I still find it powerful after years of reflection.  How many days have you got up for work and felt like it was the last place you want to be.  How many days have you spent "waiting for the weekend"?  Life is too short.  Make the most of it.  Is it time to make a change?