There are two basic ways in which you can go about improving your life. You can simply do nothing and see what happens, or you can do things that help your improve your life.
Doing nothing works for many people and the end result can sometimes be better that taking an active role in trying to better your life. Both approaches have risks attached to them, but the risks attached to actively trying to get ahead are generally more manageable than the risks encountered when doing nothing about possible advancement.
Actively doing things to better your life should be part of your overall life plan, which should also have a stop gap risk assessment built into it. If you think you can plan a way forward for anything in life, with nothing going wrong, you will be in for some unpleasant surprises. To paraphrase a popular saying, “things happen”.
Whereas the rewards for doing nothing about anything can also be great - if unpredictable - so too can the risks be greater, and often uncontrollable.
As an example, sitting around safe in the knowledge that an ancient relative will leave you a small fortune in the event of their passing away can be a risky proposition. The main risk is that they could well out-live you. There is little you can do about that. Another and maybe traumatic outcome could be that the will was changed in favour of the local dog’s home. It happens.
So whether you are going to do things to better your life, or carry on as normal and see what happens, there are risks. It is far better to plan and have a backup in place. Certainly a ‘plan B’ and maybe, a ‘plan C’.