Be Bold, Be Daring – 3 Risk-Taking Ways to Improve Your Life

By Gina De Angelis
Posted On Jun 06, 2017
Be Bold, Be Daring – 3 Risk-Taking Ways to Improve Your Life

We’ve all seen the memes, the posters, and even the desk calendars with painfully overused and overdone quotes to the tune of “you miss 100% of the chances you don’t take” or the ever popular, “if you never try, you’ll never know.” Undoubtedly, you’ve heard them all. What will it take for a quote to resonate in your life? A missed opportunity? A love lost? Why not start today? Stop overthinking and take a dive into the deep end. Let’s take some chances.

 

Get Ahead at Work

Your boss is there to be just that – a boss. To manage, maintain, and maybe even manipulate your 9-5 so that you do your work and do it right. What they’re not there to do is read your mind or plot out your next career advancement. So when there’s an opening in a different department, chances are that your boss is not going to go out of their way to make sure you have the kick in the rear necessary to apply. In fact, that’s no one’s responsibility but your own. But you hesitate. What if I don’t get it? What if I bomb the interview? What if my coworker gets the position and I don’t? I’ll be devastated. But what if you do get it? A raise, more authority, and fortified job security could be at your fingertips, but you’re going to let a series of shallow what-ifs potentially stand in the way of a big opportunity? Sounds silly, doesn’t it… Do it. Apply even if you’re not 100% sure. Your risk taking will exude confidence in and of itself. It may just be what tips the scales in your favor.

 

Break the Rules of Love

Probably the largest and most notorious area in your life where chances are hardly taken and opportunities are rarely acted upon is a daunting, yet magical thing known as love. Rejection and vulnerability are cancer to a proud ego. But what’s more valuable – finding love, or feeling like no one can deflate your stance? If you go up to the girl at the bar, tell her she’s beautiful, and invite her to a drink, what’s the worst that could happen? Sure, she could laugh, walk away, or even slap you across the face, but she could also be the love you never knew was anxiously awaiting your grand entrance into her life. Ladies, this applies to you too. Are you playing it safe and abiding by the invisible chains of “the game?” Are you waiting until he calls instead of dialing first? Are you playing hard-to-get and letting the emojis do all the talking? What are you getting out of that? You’re right – NOTHING. Set your own rules, take a chance, and go for what could be yours. No one else is going to do it for you.

 

Take Money Matters Into Your Own Hands

Financial dealings can be a huge area of contention even just amongst yourself, let alone with a partner. The instability and insecurity of the world economy are enough to make even the most seasoned investor think twice when considering a major financial decision. The world, though, is built on taking financial risks. Multi-billion dollar corporations are developed from the ideas and risks taken by a single, fearless person. On the fence about investing? Unsure if your hard-earned money should be placed into the hands of uncertainty? Educate yourself to the best of your ability and leave the rest up to chance. If it seems legit, your gut feels right about it, and your head is telling you to go go go, then take a leap of faith. The biggest payouts often come after the biggest risks. Expect that you may fail, but you may also be pleasantly surprised.

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