"Risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."
The writing industry is all about putting yourself out there for world to see, examine and sample. It is part of our nature to stay in our comfort zone. No one likes to be awkward. To take a risk means making ourselves vulnerable. Vulnerability is not something a lot of us humans excel in. But we may, in time, build ourselves up & become more immune to vulnerability.
We hold ourselves back from our full potential because we don't want to be 'that-one-awkward-kid-who-makes-too-much-eye-contact'. We let ourselves stay in our comfort zone because it is safe and we are most definitely not vulnerable.
What we're really not doing is living.
How will you ever know what life holds if you don't risk your vulnerability for an achievement?
Have you risked & then gained?