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I Think You Should Go For It, and Here’s Why

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Wisconsin chapter.

Too often, I feel that we get bogged down in the minor details of life and we overthink and overthink, and maybe, we overthink some more. We often think that we are not good enough, that what we want won’t happen or that if we try and we don’t succeed, we are a failure. I think that is unfair, not only to ourselves but to all the opportunities that we choose not to pursue because we are afraid.


So, here is a sign: I think you should go for it. Often when we have the fear to do something, we just need a small push, a word of encouragement and the knowing that someone is backing us.


I could give you six reasons why you should go for it — whether it be a new job, a new hobby or travel to a new place. You could stay stagnate — or in the comfort zone of your life. Ask yourself, though: have people who are successful in a job, education, love, life or really anything ever took a risk? Because I will bet you that they did. Was their success overnight? I will also bet that it was not.


Did you know that Walt Disney had to claim bankruptcy because the studio he worked for, Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, was so far in debt? While Disney could have never risked putting his artistic talents or entrepreneurial spirit out there, he opened Walt Disney Studios the same year.

A black and white photo of Vincent Price next to a table of vintage objects covered in exaggerated cobwebs

J.K. Rowling, the one responsible for writing, arguably, one of the best childhood series, “Harry Potter,” had the manuscript rejected from 12 different publishers. Twelve times by twelve different people. The road to success — or getting what we want — isn’t always easy, but if you see the value in what you’re doing, keep going.

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Lastly, and arguably one of my favorite stories, is Mary Kay Ash. Ash was 45, a divorcee and fed up with being passed up for promotion after promotion at her job by man after man. So, instead of sticking it out, she took an early retirement and started up her own company: Mary Kay. She took out a chance investment of $5,000 to launch her company, and today, $3 billion is brought in annually.


So, I challenge you to risk being turned down, risk being rejected, risk missing out to achieve your goals. I challenge you to be bolder and more fearless. All it takes is one risk — and some courage. Stop holding yourself back because I think you should go for it. 


I am a senior at the greatest university— the University of Wisconsin. I am in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, double tracking in reporting and strategic communications and earning a certificate in and Digital Studies. I am a lover of dance, hiking, writing for Her Campus, the Badgers and strawberry acais. I am also a president of Her Campus Wisconsin.