Let’s imagine two people at the beginning of their careers. Both start in an entry level position with basically the same qualifications. Both say they aspire to one day become head of a corporation.
Easier vs. harder
Both are presented with the opportunity to take on a new challenging role. Neither are particularly qualified for it.
Person A decides they’d prefer to stay where they are for a little longer and get more comfortable in their present position before taking on something quite that challenging.
A little nervous, Person B decides to take the chance anyway. Person B. doesn’t do all that well in the role. They realize they need to expand their skills in XYZ. They take the opportunity to seek out and shadow people with XYZ skills.
Over the course of their careers, Person A and Person B are given the opportunity to take on extra work. Person A will generally choose to go home at the end of the work day and relax or hang out with friends. Rather than do that, Person B will generally choose to take on the extra responsibilities.
Person B will consistently put themselves in slightly uncomfortable situations in the name of testing what they’re made of and expanding their bounds.
It’s obvious where this is going. Person A always chooses the comfortable option. They won’t become head of a company, but it turns out when it came down to it, all that talk about possibilities was in actuality just talk.
Person B generally chooses to push out of their comfort zone. Even if they’re afraid of failing they try anyway. The shallow end of the pool is safe, but it holds no interest for them. There’s a big blue ocean out there. There’s no telling what they’re going to find in that ocean, what dangers may be lurking in its depths or what beauties, but they are determined to find out.
Person B may or may not become head of a corporation, but they will certainly have made way for the possibility!