The frog in the well looks up at the world above him: the sky is blue and beautiful, and the world is perfect. He has enough food to eat - the delicious bluefly which occasionally stumbles into the dark and dank well is a treat - he usually lives off unsuspecting baby mosquitoes which have spawned in the stagnant waters.
One day, a farmer scooped him out of the well, and standing at the edge, to his astonishment, the circle of blue sky he was used to had become vast and limitless, which extended to as far as he could see - and beyond. Besides that, there were rolling green hills and mountains and trees and flowers and animals which walked on twos and fours, like nothing he has ever seen.
The frog now has two options:
1. Retreat into the well in which he has been living in all his life, taking comfort that at least he has 'seen' the world
2. Explore and inhabit this big world out there
To do the latter, he will have to step out of his comfort zone, force himself to be uncomfortable with the unfamiliar surroundings, and find a way to rough it out and survive. He does not know what lies before him and there will be many obstacles along the way.
But what does he have to lose?
The worse it can be will be going back into his little well.
Often we see the great things we are totally capable of reaching (financial freedom and traveling are on my list), but we're afraid of attaining these accomplishments. We've heard of the failed warriors who tried, and lost, and we're afraid of committing the same mistake. It's a scary world out there, people say, 9 out of 10 businesses will fail within the next 5 years. And so, with this fear of failure and hardship, we remain in our day-to-day jobs, dragging our feet to work for just enough to get by rather comfortably, dreading Monday blues and looking forward to the weekends, with the occasional perks and bonuses, content with what the system has provided for us (and perhaps shaped us to be). We continue to stay in our tiny pigeon holes because that's what most people live in. Be the same as us, as everyone else, people say.
Yet I can't help but wonder how some and afford to live in private homes and landed property. They must have done something DIFFERENT from everyone else. This may include being professional bankers, doctors, lawyers, and management-level persons. And more importantly, I believe a substantial number of them are entrepreneurs or business owners. These are the brave frogs who took the risk and went forward - blueflies now are aplenty, and there's a huge pond with beautiful water lilies which they now call home.
What do we have to lose by stepping out of our comfort zone, to not be a product of the system? At the worse, we'll just return to our pigeon holes, content that we've at least tried.