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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