You don’t see anyone riding a mountain bike without a helmet.
And it is the same reason why we don’t drive without seatbelts.
Or have the internet without pop-up blockers.
We’ve evolved. We’ve learned from our mistakes and the mistakes of others.
More importantly, this experience leads to adjustments. Those adjustments, overtime, tend to be safer.
Safer in how we operate.
Safer in how we improve.
Safer in how we innovate.
But we confuse physical safety with emotional.
It is great to have warning labels on cigarette boxes. That is a great safety feature to add.
We also have warning labels come from our internal dialogue…
“You’re not good enough.”
“Who do you think you are?”
These warnings cause us to hesitate. To blink.
Steady improvements and innovations eventually lead us to safety. But safety is a box we need to step out of in order to do things that we have never done before.