The Answer is Yes!

Olaoluwa Ajibade
3 min readJan 25, 2021


“The answer is yes! — now you are wondering what’s your question?”

When was the last time you tried something new?

Some people like to do only what they already do well. Other people prefer to try new things and take risks. Which do you prefer?

Trying new things can be undoubtedly daunting. The unfamiliar makes us nervous in a way that’s hard to describe. The act of leaving our comfort zone puts us in a vulnerable position, and leaves us with an onslaught of questions running through our heads. We ask ourselves: “Should I be doing this? Can I do this? Do I look stupid? What am I doing!?” While it may not feel like it, this is normal — and it’s good.

All too often we let the fear of the unknown stop us. But pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones is actually good for us. Trying new things not only helps us to vanquish those fears, but it also allows us to expand our minds and learn — both about said new thing, and about ourselves.

The best way of being good at creating things is to be curious.

TRYING SOMETHING new can be scary and there is a chance that things will not work out. Regardless of this fact, your quality of life hinges on the amount of risks you take.


If you take a chance that could lead to something good, that good thing may happen. Starting a business, for example, can prove to be the source of financial freedom for you. Asking that person out for a date may lead to marriage (eventually). With every risk, there is a chance that good things will happen to you.

Taking risks can make you a better person. If you can face the fears that would hold you back from achieving your goals, it can build your confidence. Learning to embrace possibility can make you a more positive and energetic person.

Sometimes taking a chance, regardless of how crazy it seems, can make your life more enjoyable. Trying new things that you have always wanted to try, but were too afraid, can free your spirit.


Of course, there is a possibility that things won’t go as planned. Your business could fail. The person you like, could reject you. Yes, these things could happen. There would be no such thing as a risk if there were nothing to lose.

The most difficult part about taking risks is knowing that something bad could happen. It is in fact this danger factor that keeps people from ever stepping out and making the moves that could lead them to success, happiness and freedom. The key is not to dwell on the negative possibilities, but the positive ones.

Learn the difference between good and bad risk. Calculate what you could lose and make sure that you can do without whatever it is you may lose. Is it truly worth it? Consider others in your life who are important to you. Taking risks can be wonderful, but not at someone else’s expense.


Why should you take certain risks anyway? You will never know until you put yourself out there and try. Give yourself a fair chance. If you fail you fail, but if you succeed, you succeed. Every great success story includes some risk taking. If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you have to take risks.

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Olaoluwa Ajibade

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