What’s the worst thing that can happen?

I’ve been asking myself this question for years. It’s part of the reason I mustered up the courage to travel around the globe.

Through many experiences, I’ve learned that the answer is this: You’ll be right back where you started.

And at least you tried.

We often avoid risks and miss opportunities because we’re afraid of the unknown.

What if that girl you want to ask out says no? Then I guess you’ll go home tonight just as single as you’ve ever been. But maybe you’ll have more courage next time because it won’t be your first time.

What if your friend doesn’t like it when you tell them you don’t appreciate what they did? Then I guess they have to deal with that. And you’ll still be friends tomorrow. Plus you’ll be more of a man for speaking your mind.

What if the judge laughs you out of court when you go fight that ticket? Then I guess you’ll continue on with the same ticket you had when you woke up this morning. And now you know what court is like. That’s free experience.

What if you don’t finish that marathon you’ve wanted to run for 20 years? Then I guess you’ll go to bed tonight with the same number of marathons under your belt as before. But you’ll be smiling because you did your best and you’ll have new friends who also didn’t finish.

I’ve been deathly afraid of karaoke for years. I would turn friends down when they suggested it and make up excuses to avoid parties where I knew it would be present. And I love to sing.

Last week, I went to a karaoke bar and tried it. And you know what? It was a lot of fun. I’m no longer afraid of it.

Stop letting fear and doubt rule your world. Take a risk. Seize opportunity. Wake up tomorrow and try something new.

Because the worst thing that can happen is you’ll end up right back where you started. And you’ll be a better person because of it.