Remember the story where zero always felt like it was the least among numbers? That is the story of many folks here in Nepal. I cannot count how many times have I heard that “only a few can make it big”; “you need capital more than anything else”; “I cannot take these risks right now” and the most of all, “there is no market for what I have thought.” Yes, our country is a place where things might not come at the time that you want it to; but it will definitely come one day; in the meantime, you work and work and work.
Now, a lot of the youth population believes that you need to be rich or that you need to have a massive web of networking to be able to execute and transform their idea into reality; that some kind of background is needed in order to succeed. If you think as above well, you are overlooking “nothing”. Call me whatever you like but I believe highly in the power of “nothing” and the value that it generates; the excitement it creates and the confidence it gives.
See, when you have nothing to lose; you have everything to gain. Maybe I jumped a little quickly; let me explain. Let’s go back to the zero story. Zero thought it was of no value but in reality, it was of much greater value than the other numbers. “Nothing” seems like a zero and often is overlooked, more so neglected by many but the power “nothing” holds is unmatchable. A little trippy eh? A lot of times when you have nothing – no money, no network, no background you feel that having “nothing” is and always will be a liability; but look from a different perspective and you will start viewing “nothing” as an asset.
Let me bring this perspective into the limelight.
“The hardest thing you’ll ever have to do in life is choosing to risk it all or walk away.”
Having nothing and risking it all is scary for sure but is also liberating. You are now in a unique position to take risks as many as you desire. Even if the planned risk goes haywire you will be in the same place you started. And this, “I will start taking risk a little after I have some money or network” is all a mentality trap because when you start amassing the wealth and build contacts; you fear to lose your status and get attached to it, the responsibilities keep on building and never seems to end and the risk and leap you wanted will always be a thing uncrossed in your bucket list.
“If you are not willing to risk it all then you don’t want it bad enough.”
Take the plunge; dive into uncertainty and work on conquering your fears, turn what people think as a liability into an asset. Before I bid farewell I would like to ask you a question, “If you have nothing, what will you lose?” Nothing, right? Exactly my point.
Till the next artisode, I bid you farewell my friend.
Written by Sagar, The Octopi