The illusion of security

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I was just sitting in a corner and pondering that most of my classmates are joining GATE tuitions for preparation, even I should join because I can’t prepare on my own.

Just because it’s common, that doesn’t mean it’s not risky. Many people fall into the misconception that if everyone is doing the same thing, it must be the safest path. If you were born several decades ago, you would have thought smoking was safe because everyone was doing it.

The Only Security is Within You

Personal development, far from being a risky choice, is probably one of the safest. You can always lose your job, but only rarely can you lose your skills. Businesses can die, but the lessons learned from failed ventures make future businesses stronger. Your health can falter, but your skill in changing your habits can stay strong.

If any investment of your time doesn’t build internal assets, it isn’t worth doing. Even the most lucrative job isn’t worth the paycheck if you aren’t becoming more skilled or knowledgeable as a result. One of the reasons I believe running a business is safer than working at a job is that I’ve learned far more from entrepreneurship than I have from any job or class. Even if my external assets fail, I’ve still built internal assets that can’t be taken away.

Security is nothing but only illusion

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men experience it as a whole. Avoiding danger, in the long-run, is no safer than outright exposure.” – Helen Keller

Security doesn’t come from following the masses. With an economic collapse, terrorist attacks, obesity epidemics, and third-world flood-relief efforts in an industrialized country, I don’t think anyone can argue that the world is inherently safe. But in that fear you have two choices: to blindly follow the masses over the edge of a cliff, or to think for yourself.

Personal development and unconventional choices often lead to the most success. But despite their appearance, they often hold the least risk. Businesses can fail and diets can be flawed, but every day people lose their jobs and eat hamburgers. There is no such thing as complete safety, and if there was, it certainly wouldn’t be existing in the millions of mediocre choices made by the majority today.

Every human on this planet has some knack in a particular field but we all want to sidestep it. We all  indulge ourselves  in this type of insecurity because someone has landed a Goldman Sachs job  and we might not. But we all should contemplate over it, because security is only an illusion.

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