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The Gift of Risk

When was the last time risk got your ass in gear?

One of my clients sent me a recap a few weeks back…

I have a renewed sense of optimism for the company. We have much to be proud of and a stellar collection of talented people all looking to make big things happen. The very act of committing ourselves to something “risky” and somewhat “unknown” has brought out a renewed sense of purpose across the board and especially amongst the partner group.

This is what risk can do for us, whether as individuals or organizations. It create cohesion and motivation in ways that status quo just can’t.

We often think of a risk as something that could be hazardous, but I have seen in my work how NOT taking risks is actually more dangerous.

Now I’m not talking about being reckless with a disregard for the outcome or result of what you are going after. I’m taking about putting yourself out there in a way that will challenge you and cause you and others to see you differently. I’m talking about making your way through something new to grow as a human and stay engaged in your work and life.

There’s a reason that most people don’t stay in the same job their whole lives. Even if they don’t change professions, they need to grow and get challenged differently to stay engaged with their craft.

There are no guarantees. Nothing is a sure bet in this world. Not marriage.  Not happiness. Not job security. Not power. Not business. The beauty of taking active risks is that you will continue to create and experience today vs. in the dreams of your future.


This article originally appeared at Jen Spencer Coaches.

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