Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.
There’s a story I love to tell in the presence of The Conductor, because it upsets him so much (in a cute way).
When I was 17, I spent a summer working in northern rural Indiana, at a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
One day, on my way to work on a 2-lane country road, I spotted a male adult hitchhiker. He had a large metal lunch box, like what coal miners used to carry.
I stopped and told him I could take him 10 miles to the next town, where I worked. He was headed to the same town, so climbed in.
When we reached KFC, it turned out my female boss was an old friend of this hitchhiker. They had a brief chat, but immediately my boss pointed a finger at me and said, “Don’t you EVER pick up a hitchhiker AGAIN!”
The man grinned and said while he was grateful for the ride, he agreed with my boss.
When I left KFC that summer for my first year of college, my boss gave me a going away present that included a key chain with pepper spray on it.
I think she knew I would not be playing it safe.
It’s always more fun to take the risk—and more enjoyable to expect the best of people.