"To see things in seed, that is genius."
-- Lao Tzu
People talk about how great it would have been to have been a part of a successful startup business that made it big and they often mention companies like Google, Amazon, Zappos and such. But, I doubt that they would have recognized the seed of that plant.
People talk of investing in those kind of companies before they went public and riding that wave of growth that creates instant millionaires. But, they choose surer things that they are familiar with and are not willing to risk because they don't even recognize that company in the seed.
Anyone can see things when they are grown, but seeing them in the seed takes a different kind of vision.
Risk is also an interesting thing. I like how Andre Gide says, "One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the short for a very long time." And John A Shedd follows that with, "A ship in harbor is safe--but that's not what ships are for."
I have studied a lot of business leaders and founders and every single one of them risked greatly. Frederick B Wilcox says it well when he said, "progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."
Of course, on the other hand, if you can see something in seed and recognize it as good, it really isn't so much of a risk as an investment, is it?
"You Always Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don't Take" -- Wayne Gretzky
Spread Some Joy Today--You are far smarter than you give yourself credit for. Trust your inner voice--not the ego, but your inner voice. It will always guide you.