SO the first question you probably have, is why dumb, dangerous, and different?
Well, I started out my Air Force career as a nuclear missileer. Yep, I was one of the launch officers that would have turned keys (sorry there is no big red button!) to launch a nuclear weapon if it had been required for our national defense.
When you are working with nuclear weapons, precision and accuracy are absolutely essential. We were trained and held to incredibly high standards, and there was only one right way to do things.
In that career field, we had a saying, "if you are doing something dumb, dangerous or different you're probably doing it wrong!"
It was a mentality that stuck with me for years after I finished that Air Force assignment. I was afraid to think outside to the box, I needed a "checklist" for everything and I avoided making any decision that looked risky.
If you are like me, there have probably been times in your life where you had a great idea that someone else said was dumb. When they uttered those words, it led to feelings of self-doubt and potentially paralysis.
You might be ready to make a big leap in your personal or professional life, but there are risks associated with the change. You are probably analyzing all the things that could go wrong. If you aren't careful, you'll let the perceived danger stop you from taking action.
Luckly, 15 years after my missile assignment, I've realized to achieve more in life we have to be willing to be brave enough to pursue our ideas that other people might think are dumb.
We have to be willing to look at problems from a different point of view and we have to get out of our comfort zones sometimes and take chances that at times seems "dangerous" or scary.
My goal is to help others embrace this mindset. By challenging the status-quo we can achieve more and truly start to live the lives we were designed to live.
I'd love to hear about an idea you've had that others have called dumb, but that turned out to be great for you!