Taking risks – do you love it? Do you avoid it at all costs? Whatever your approach to risk taking, like it or not, it is an essential element of achieving success. In this 3 part mini series we are going to explore risk taking. In part two, we will look at why taking risks is essential for success. In part three we will look at the do’s, don’ts and tips when taking risks. So, to get in the spirit of the theme, I am going to take a risk.

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Taking Risks (Part 1) – Why bother?

Taking Risks - An Essential part of Business SuccessTaking risks – do you take them or do you avoid it like the plague?

Whatever your attitude to risk taking, like it or not, it is an essential element of creating change in your life or work, shooting for new goals and achieving success.

In this 3 part mini series we are going to explore risk taking.

In part two, we will look at why you MUST take risks to achieve real success. In part three we will look at some practical do’s, don’ts and tips when taking risks.

But to get started, I just wanted to share with you the poem below on risk because it opens up some important food for thought. It explains why we should bother taking risk at all and the impact doing it or not doing it can have:

Risk

by Author Unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live
Chained by their certitude’s, they are a slave, they have forfeited their freedom
Only a person who risks is free.

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  • Ali,

    A lovely poem and very approriate for risk taking. I love, “But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

    Thank you for sharing this poem

    Regards

    Paul

  • Purplebutterfly

    So true paul Take risks, be alive and live life to its fullest…..this is a great poem should be posted everywhere.

  • Glad you liked it. It is a poem I read a lot when I was making my career transition from the corporate world and when moving for the UK to Ireland.

  • I agree. It is appropriate for all areas of business and life.

  • Perfect for me right now, Ali… As my current post says, I'm leaving on a jet plane… on Sunday to the Career Thought Leaders Conference. This will be my first business trip for my business despite me running my Design Resumes since 1983… and first vacation since 1995.

    I have to go read the rest of your well-thought-out series next… to check on my dos and don'ts!

  • Wow Julie, that is a long time. Your trip sounds great. Have a great time. Would lvoe to hear all about it when you get back.

  • Great post, Ali. Truly inspiring. I look forward to the remaining two parts!

  • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. I think having inspiring resources around us is important.

  • Great post, Ali. Truly inspiring. I look forward to the remaining two parts!

  • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. I think having inspiring resources around us is important.

  • Denise Lynn Banks

    The ORIGINAL Quote:
    “To risk is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To expose feelings is to risk exposing our true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To try at all is to risk failure. But to risk we must. Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The man, the woman, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Hi Denise
    There seems to be conflicting information on who this quote originated from. Have seem it attributed to other folk too. But whoever wrote it originally, it is extremely powerful.

  • Haralee

    It is a great quote putting risk into perspective. We all take risks everyday.

  • I think people are often reluctant to take risks because they want to know something will work first, and that isn’t always possible. I like to work on the basis that I would rather give something a go, even if it doesn’t work out than spend the rest of my life wondering what might have been.

  • I’m looking forward to this series!

  • I hope you will find it useful and food for thought.

  • Laurie Oien

    Love this poem! Looking forward to your series.

  • Glad you enjoyed the poem Laurie. It is one of my faves.

  • Good poem Ali! And can’t we all use encouragement to continue to take risks? Looking forward to your series! ~Kathy

  • Yes indeed Kathy – encouragement and support make a big difference.