© by Todd A. Sinelli

Chi non fa, non falla. This is an Italian saying which means “he who does nothing, does not fail.”

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who are constantly trying new things, discussing new ideas, and taking new adventures while there are other people that never leave the comfort and security of their day to day routine? One group relishes dreams, thoughts, and ideas while looking for opportunities to live life and live it to the fullest. The other group simply clings to that which is familiar praying that things will never change.

Chi non fa, non falla. Those who do nothing make no mistakes. Bill Cosby was once asked what the secret to success was. He said he didn’t know. But he said he knew the secret to failure. “The secret to failure was trying to please all the people all of the time.” I agree with Dr. Cosby. You cannot please all the people all of the time.

Nike developed a whole empire with an advertising campaign encouraging people to “Just do it.” I have the privilege and opportunity to meet people from all walks of life: rich, poor, young, old, black, white, . . . and I have found that many people replacing talking with doing. In other words, they let their words replace their actions. However, it is such a joy and delight to meet people that have done something. What I mean by that is when I encounter people that have just spent a month traveling Europe, or auditioned for their first play, or left their job to pursue something more fulfilling, I really get excited.

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller.

I believe that a person should seek to live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

Chi non fa, non falla. He who does nothing, does not fail.

I think Helen Keller was on to something when she said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

There are people who are merely existing and then there are those that are living. In life, we become alive when we are taking risks. Risk simply involves entering into the unknown. There are many different ways a person can take a risk. They can risk rejection by asking a friend to lunch or dinner. They can risk humiliation by sharing their faith. They can risk failure by starting a business. Risk does open the door to the unknown.

Chi non fa, non falla. Make some mistakes. Get in the game. Live your life as a daring adventure. Set goals, have dreams, commit to living a life that is pleasing to God first. Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

Be a fearless kid again: explore, ask questions, make mistakes!
It is better to try and fail than to never try anything at all.
Take intellectual risks: learn something new.
Take personal risks: ask that girl or boy out, take a dance class, train for a marathon.
Take professional risks: ask for that dream job, internship or higher position.
Take spiritual risks: pray, seek God, share what you believe with others.

Here are a few questions to get you going:

I would like to take more risks intellectually by ____________________.
I would like to take more risks personally by ______________________.
I would like to take more risks professionally by __________________.
I would like to take more risks spiritually by ______________________.

The truth is that the things in this world were never meant to satisfy us completely. Complete joy and the ability to possess a peace that surpasses all understanding can only come by living a life committed to following Jesus.

The lives of the Apostles in the Bible truly lived adventurous lives. They were threatened, beaten, mocked and yet they persevered proclaiming Jesus as Lord. Greater was the Spirit within them than the spirit in the world. The Bible says that God is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20). The Apostles set out to tell the world about Jesus. They did something. They shared, they taught, they made themselves servants for the joyful privilege of serving their God and King. It’s almost as if we learn more from their failures than from their success.

In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. Chi non fa, non falla. Those who do nothing make no mistakes and don’t learn valuable lessons. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” William Hazlitt remarked, “Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater one. Possession pampers the mind; deprivation trains and strengthens it.”

Take some risks, be reflective, and seek to live a fulfilling life by abiding in Jesus. Sift all your thoughts through a Biblical lens and make it your ambition to please God (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). With your compass set on the right point, your life can be an adventure that will be beyond what you could ask or even imagine!