What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

The most fun thing about blogging for me (besides the fact that I love to write), is the comments that people leave. So I’m leaving this post up to you. Your job? Answer this question:

We reap the most rewards from conquering those things we fear the most. The question is:

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

I eagerly await your responses.

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6 Responses

  1. Suze – I could relate this to work but I think that it’s high time to shout the personal far and wide. One of the scariest things I’ve ever done was to finally take the carrot that my ex had been dangling for months and suggest that it was time to split up. And despite the year from hell, the rewards, both in terms of self growth and personal achievement, have been immense.

  2. physically: zip line across ste anne waterfalls and letting my kids do it too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpM0HtSX51M

    emotionally: quitting my job two years ago to launch new startups. with the usual mortgage, car payments and three kids, the fear of not being able to provide for my family was definitely there.

    however, when you punch through and are still alive after, it feels really good and life is somehow better afterwards.

  3. Great idea for a post.

    I’d have to say one of the scariest things I’ve done so far was to dive into coaching minor hockey when I was 23.

    I faced some suspicious looks as a volunteer with no kids of my own and I had to deal with the prospect of capturing the attention of a dozen or more nine and ten year olds.

    Now, with a few years under my belt, it’s one of the most exciting things about summer coming to an end – the knowledge that another season of helping kids fall in love with my favourite sport is just around the corner.

    And in the spirit of shameless self promotion, I wrote a feature about this a few years ago, just after my first year as a coach:

    http://www.joeboughner.ca/joes-archive/a-hockey-homecoming/

  4. The scariest thing I’ve ever done was get married. I spent most of my life being cynical about love and marriage and being distrustful of most men, then I met my husband. I have never been so scared as the day I allowed him into my life and into my heart, it’s the most I’ve ever put at risk and it would have been so much easier to just walk away.

  5. Well, physically scary was when I was a medic, I responded to a call for a farmer who got kicked in the head by a cow. The cow killed him instantly, with a single kick. The scary part was assessing him, defibrillating him and working on him for 10 minutes within three feet of that very same, jittery beast’s hind legs.

    Mentally, it was becoming a father.

    MT

  6. Scariest thing I’ve ever done is quitting my job to become a whistleblower, then founding my own non-profit to address the issues that the previous organization was ignoring. Feel like I’ve been asleep for 25 years. Very good to be doing something truly worthwhile.

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