A very smart person would often not do these things, therefore never experiencing the outcomes (which could be good or bad).
Why the fuck would anyone in their right mind put themselves at any sort of risk?
Well in my mind it's simple:
The people who succeed beyond the average, are the people who do non-average things.
I mean, if you follow EVERY rule set by middle-class society, you will end up in a middle-class life.
I'm not saying that's a bad thing.....but following that "road map" will put you in that exact spot.
IN MY PARTICULAR CASE, I have been obsessive about reading about successful people since the time I was in middle school. I dunno exactly why, but "success" was a fascinating subject to me.
It seemed successful people got to do things the average person would NEVER get to do. They got to live a much broader life. They're lives were essentially the same as EVERY OTHER HUMAN EVER, but the middle part was slightly different.
Here's every human life on the planet thus far:
You're born --> You do some things --> You fucking die.
When boiled down to it's broadest, the only part of that life that's very controllable is that middle part.
Call it bleak.....
Call it scary.....
But it's true.
So after hearing that.....
Ask me again why I fought so hard against family and friends to experience what it was like to be homeless?
Ask me again why I conquered the fear of going into parties where I clearly didn't belong?
Ask me again why I wanted to experience a country you're not legally allowed to enter?
When it's that fragile time between life and death where you're about to die, and you take that final look back.....I don't want to be playing the "what if I...." game.
Because I already did what I wanted.
And at every step of the way, there will be a certain amount of people who will bad-mouth you, call you an idiot, judge you, and talk behind your back.
But in the end, they'll die just like you....and at least that short time you spent in the middle of the life-cycle was fun, interesting, rewarding, and MUCH more broad than the average.