Take Risks…You Never Know Where Opportunity Will Lead

Another excerpt from Dr. David Niven {I will post what I thought was most useful from the books tips!}:

“See the Risk in Doing Nothing.

Watch a  football game, and you’ll hear the announcers talking about the risks coaches face, especially the risks associated with trying to score. Announcers caution against throwing the ball too much or taking a chance by going for a big play. What they fail to talk about is the risk of not trying these things.

Yes, coaches risk turning the ball over, and possibly losing the game, by creatively trying to score. However, there is a very real risk that in trying to avoid these outcomes, coaches will be so conservative that they will lose the game because they didn’t take any risks and couldn’t accomplish anything.

Managing your career is much like that. You could easily see the risk associated with going for the big score (such as applying for new job or accepting new responsibilities). But there is a very real risk in not doing these things. If ultimately you want more, whether it is responsibility, recognition, reward, or just a different challenge, failing to take a risk is the biggest risk of all because you will shut off possible opportunities.”



3 thoughts on “Take Risks…You Never Know Where Opportunity Will Lead

  1. realdale says:

    this one is very timely for me. I’m making a big career leap soon. 😀

  2. Mike Lyles says:

    I have a quote at the end of my emails at work that goes like this “if Columbus would have turned back halfway in his journey no one would have blamed him…..of course, no one would have remembered him either!!”

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