There is an obsession in seeking safety. Safety is the easiest way to fragilise yourself. Why?
- You don't get the upside - by risk taking there is likelihood that you could get huge upside. Eg. It's possible that a taxi driver could get a trip for say 2000 km, your app that you wrote could go viral making you millions; while in a govt. job there is no chance of big upside.
- It makes you weak and complacent. Once you aren't improving yourself everyday you are slowly making yourself less competitive. You don't realise it yet as your value isn't marked to market.
- It makes you unable to handle volatility and makes you susceptible to blowups. If by chance you lose the safety, you'll get screwed hard.
- You are not getting rid of risks, but hiding them under the carpet.
Safety is like selling options or living like a thanksgiving turkey. It's all good until one day you'll get killed and eaten. You don't realise the risks until it's too late.