With 4 seconds left in the 1st overtime, the unanimous MVP Stephen Curry brings the ball up court. With one timeout left, most people are expecting a timeout followed by an exceptionally drawn-up play from Steve Kerr. However, what happens next, would have the majority of people watching including Steph’s teammates in utter disbelief. Steph pulls up casually from a few steps inside half court and drains the game-winning three pointer. A play of this magnitude seemed like a perfect ending to a record performance from Steph. Steph tied the record for most three pointers in one game with 12, previously held by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. Steph’s last three pointer also helped him to break his own record of most threes in an NBA season with 288. Many would argue that’s Steph’s last shot was foolish or irrational. Steph’s shot, in my opinion, was a calculated risk. 


According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “A calculated risk is an undertaking or the actual or possible product of an undertaking whose chance of failure has been previously estimated.” While Steph Curry’s shot came off as crazy to most people, I’m almost certain that he had practiced that shot thousands of times before. I believe that everybody on this earth was blessed with a talent of some sort. How you decide to use that talent is a large factor in how successful you can become. When a person really commits to mastering their craft, a decision that may have seemed risky in the past will start to seem like more of a business decision. There are thousands of people in the world right now that are sitting on great talents and abilities, but decide not to pursue them because they consider the decision “too risky”. Just imagine if some of the great entrepreneurs of this era had let their doubts hold them back from starting their businesses. One of the most important traits that all successful people share is confidence. The confidence that every failure brings them closer to a breakthrough. The confidence that success is coming no matter how many people call them crazy or weird. The confidence that their success story will ultimately motivate the next person to pursue their dreams. 


Take Warren Buffet for example, he was able to earn the majority of his fortune in an industry which most people consider high risk. In fact, his story is pretty commendable. Buffet started to buy real estate with his saved paper route money at the age of 11. Some would say that Buffet is a lucky man, I would say he is simply focused. When talking about taking risks, I want to point out that entrepreneurs are the only people who should take heed to this message. There may be some of you who out there who have shown to be fantastic employees for long periods of time. Make a proposal and ask for that promotion you have been thinking about constantly. The worst case scenario is that your request gets denied. That could be reason to seek other opportunities where your skill set is more appreciated. One of the main takeaways from this post is not too be complacent in whatever you do. Complacency is essentially equivalent to taking steps backward. The reason you are moving backwards is because other people are learning and growing at the same time. 

Fortunately, there is no limit on the amount of information a person can learn on any subject. As technology continues to advance, most of that information can be found for free on the internet. Therefore, a person with the right mindset and motivation has endless possibilities. As a college athlete, my motivation would come from the thought that my rival is working on his game while I’m sitting and watching Netflix. Now I’m not going to lie and say that I lived in the gym, but that theory was enough to get me off the couch most days. The same mindset can be applied in the workplace. Whatever million dollar scheme you think you’re sitting on, I can almost guarantee someone has already thought of the same thing. That job that your employer tries to convince you is safe and secure, hundreds of qualified people are applying for it on Indeed every day. That being said, truthfully there is more risk involved when you decide not to pursue your passion. Don’t live your life thinking about what could have been.



Written By Jonathan Sutherlin