No One Talks About the Next Leap of Faith

Most of the best things in my life have come because of leaps of faith.

I took the leap of faith to skip college because I took the leap of faith to follow my philosophical convictions.

I found Praxis because I took the leap of faith to skip college.

I found work I love at BitPay because I took the leap of faith to join Praxis.

I moved to Atlanta because I took the leap of faith to join BitPay.

And so on and so forth. It’s very clear to me that without courage in these pivotal moments, my life would be a lot worse. There’s a rot that sinks in when you don’t take a leap you know you need to take.

And that’s what I fear now.

Having come through several leaps of faith, and having reaped the rewards, I fear I’m becoming too conservative. I feel like I’ve been given so much for being willing to take those leaps, that now I’m at risk of losing what I have if I take another. Of course, I know that refusing to leap will come to loss just the same.

Leaps of faith are great when viewed in the rearview. It can be very tempting to think that you can take one and be done with jumping. Most of us think of life stories that way: go off, have an adventure, win against the bad guy, and then live happily ever after.

This is not the case.

Instead, the more leaps of faith you take, the more leaps of faith will be presented to you. This is a blessing. Meaning and joy are so rare and so easy to gain if you’re willing to jump. They will keep coming, but only if you are willing to jump again.

That’s what I’m trying to teach myself, trying to prepare for.

It’s hard for me to overstate how important those first leaps of faith were for me. But all the ones to come: these are perhaps the more important ones.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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