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I’ve sầu stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into lớn massive successes.Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need lớn have sầu some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

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It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about khổng lồ happen, would it?

Here’re 6 ways lớn be a successful risk taker and open up more opportunities for yourself:

1. Understand That Failure Is Going lớn Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to lớn it. All successful people have sầu stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to lớn be pain miễn phí & run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain và failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going lớn happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about lớn take.

When failure hits, the only options are lớn keep going or quit. If you expect falling inkhổng lồ a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting lớn that meadow requires you to go through a roông chồng filled cave filled with hungry bats.
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2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed lớn happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have sầu lớn go hard và go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to lớn work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles & stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative sầu development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas & path develop themselves, and leave sầu the distractions at the side of the road.
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3. Remember to lớn Be Authentic

Taking a risk & then turning inlớn something you’re not, is only going to lead lớn disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.


How many times have you acted lượt thích you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have sầu an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can bởi it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have sầu somebody breathing down my neông xã, telling me that I’m five sầu minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriover didn’t underst& that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuông chồng with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would vị it khổng lồ make her happy.

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Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody toàn thân else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy sometoàn thân is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.
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One night, while at a house buổi tiệc ngọt with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby và asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business & it was only going khổng lồ cost me $1,500.

Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded lượt thích the best business venture in the world khổng lồ everybody, including me. So I signed up & gave them my credit thẻ number.

A few painful months và cđại bại to lớn $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into lớn the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily & making decisions has a proven traông xã record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Underst& What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comebaông chồng. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked khổng lồ my girlfriover & myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up khổng lồ 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left khổng lồ play ball, chose lớn stay in the đô thị I played in, & a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have sầu massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe sầu the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead và make the leap.
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You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to lớn Take Calculated Risk khổng lồ Achieve sầu More and Become Successful

6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?


The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

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Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself và make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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