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Career Advice: Taking Risks And Winning Big

Taking risks when it comes to your career can be scary, but it can also pay off. Building a career is hard enough without any added challenges, right? Every career path includes a crossroad, where you have to decide between path A and path B. Which path you take can define your future, and often, the riskier path has a higher payoff. 

Greatness rarely comes to those who play it safe. Aspire to live outside of your comfort zone. Here’s a list of reasons why we think taking risks can skyrocket your career:

Room for Growth

By taking a risk and doing something unusual, you open yourself up to different learning experiences. No matter what the result of the risky decision is, you will learn a valuable lesson from it and grow as a person and as a professional. Don’t be afraid to embrace the adventure.

Big Chance of Success

To quote A Cinderella Story, “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” You can choose to view your career as this metaphor, as a game of baseball. You can take a swing, do a home run, or strike out, but one day, eventually, you’re bound to take a swing and win. 

Make Mistakes Earlier

When there’s uncertainty, especially in your career, you open yourself up to the possibility of making a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes in their careers; it’s not always easy to know exactly what you want to do or how to get there. Don’t let one mistake hold you down. Instead, learn from that mistake and move forward even stronger and smarter than you were before. 

More Experiences

When you take a risk in your career, you’ll gain more unique experiences and knowledge. These experiences will make you an even stronger candidate in the future or they might even show you that you’d like to try something else. Treat your career like an adventure, with unknown twists and turns, in order to broaden your professional horizons. 

The more chances you take in your career, the higher the chance that at least one of them will pay off. Taking a risk, whether it's asking your boss for a raise or quitting your job to pursue your dream, is intimidating, but if it is what you truly want to do, it can only make you happier in the long run.