Am I Willing to Take Risks?



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Shabana Mukhtar is back with today’s daily prompt #2098: What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to?

Hmmm… the biggest risk I’d like to take but haven’t been able to…

Alright, the answer is crystal clear. It’s the allure of a path less traveled, the call of a dream yet unfulfilled—the ambition to leave the confines of my current job and embrace a full-time career as an author. It’s a risk that beckons, one I yearn to take but have been unable to seize.

The Tug-of-War Between Passions

The heart sings when I immerse myself in storytelling, when words flow like a river, weaving tales that captivate the imagination. Becoming a full-time author is a vision that fuels my soul and brings immeasurable joy. It’s a journey where creativity knows no bounds, and the realm of possibilities expands exponentially.

Yet, there’s a counterweight—a job that offers security, financial stability, and, in many ways, a safety net. It’s the classic tug-of-war between passion and practicality. The risk of stepping away from the known and embracing the unknown is as exhilarating as it is daunting.

The Financial Dilemma

The challenge lies in the financial aspect. As a full-time author, I find myself facing the harsh reality that storytelling, as much as it brings happiness, often earns me mere peanuts in comparison to the secure income my job provides. The risk becomes not just a leap of faith but a tightrope walk between creative fulfillment and financial stability.

The Amazon KDP Dream

In an ideal world, a dream scenario would be to earn 200 times more on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), the platform where I share my stories. Such an income surge would provide the financial reassurance needed to boldly step into the realm of full-time authorship.

The KDP platform has become competitive. There was once a time that I felt comfortable quitting my job. I didn’t earn royalties compared to my salary, but it was enough to let me pursue my dream, given that I had other investments in place. Things changed, then. I stopped writing and my author profile took a hit because of that. Moreover, hundreds of new authors have since joined KDP. It’s a different world now. If I earn 200X more, only then would it equal my monthly salary. My salary isn’t much; it’s the royalties that need boosting, hugely.

Parting Thoughts

So, when contemplating the biggest risk I’d like to take but haven’t been able to, it’s the path of the full-time author that emerges as the beacon. The risk of letting go of the known, the secure, and the familiar in pursuit of the creative, the imaginative, and the extraordinary.

In the balance between what I am and what I aspire to be, there’s a thrilling journey awaiting, one that embodies the essence of risk and the spirit of chasing dreams beyond the comfort zone.


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