Taking Risks and Stepping Out of Comfort Zones

Hallo, Leute!

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The quote above is one of my favorites and it comes from my favorite classic of all time: The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde said a good many things in his lifetime but I think that this is one of the most impactful, true-to-life things he ever said and one of the reasons why I love it so much is that it’s something I can relate to a good deal in my life. I don’t like taking risks—or, rather, I don’t like taking certain types of risks—and I have drawn a pretty tight circle around myself; created a rather small comfort zone for myself. And that leads me to yet another thing that Oscar Wilde said:

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

You see, if one keeps evaluating the price of everything and doesn’t take the value into account, then a person never will understand what it’s like to really live. They’ll just be existing. Now, I’m not saying that it’s good to be a daredevil and never take the price—the risk—of things into account, but it’s important to also remember that there is sometimes value in stepping outside of your comfort zone, though it might initially seem to be too… costly.

What am I trying to get at? Well… I suppose that, at the heart of what I want to say is this: take risks sometimes. Let yourself step out of your comfort zone. It may be scary, it might seem to be too costly, but what’s the value? It’s important to take into account the price of things, true, but the value is just important. When Wilde said this, he wasn’t talking about material things—or, at least I don’t think so. I think that he was talking about the price of actions we take and the value that is or isn’t there within them.

What do you think of these quotes? Tschüss!  


7 thoughts on “Taking Risks and Stepping Out of Comfort Zones

  1. My comfort zone is very small it seems. In college, I have been learning to step out of my comfort zone, but still quite scary. I still struggle with stepping out of my comfort zone at first


    1. I also have a fairly small comfort zone but I’ve been slowly learning to step out of it. Babysteps, I guess you could say, are what I’ve been taking in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone. It definitely can be scary to step out of the confines of a comfort zone but most of the time I find that it’s worth it


      1. Becoming president of my club at school was quite scary. Entering Spring 2017, all the officers they either graduated or started student teaching or stepped left. So if no one stepped up, there would have been no club. So out of love for the club I call family, I stepped up to be officer and at first wasn’t convinced to be president, but glad others convinced me to take that position.

        Another thing I did outside of comfort zone was agreeing to live in the suites next year. I am always comfortable being close and nearby all the different academics and stuff like that. I never had a good roommate experience in the dorms. I was asked to move to the suites the first time during my first semester, but it was too soon even though some of my best friends asked.

        Decided to agree to the suites in order to help make the most of next year, which is my final year of college. And will be living with two good friends of mine. One of my suite mates who I have met is a massive fan of musicals so will have fun with her.

        Those are two instances of stepping out of my comfort zone


      2. That sounds super great! In my case, I’m lucky to have friends who are generally more outgoing than I am who always seem to be able to get me out of my comfort zone with words of encouragement and support. I know it sounds a little ridiculous, but for me, things like calling people on the phone, or talking to a librarian at the library really does come into play as stepping out of my comfort zone for me.


      3. Absolutely. The comfort zone is definitely difficult to get past. And as you said, it can be really scary. But I guess that stepping out of the comfort zone has to start with just dipping your feet in the water metaphorically speaking.


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