“If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be a risk-taker.” (Schussler, 2010, pg. 9) Whether there is victory or a do-over, you must step out of your thoughts, step out of your dreams and go for it! We were created to solve problems. And your creative passions hold answers to problems people don’t even know they have yet because you have not walked it out of your head. Potential means that you have done nothing. Why, because potential requires an action and an end result. That end result it what separates the entrepreneur from the successful career person. Schussler suggests, “A successful businessperson operating in a corporate environment is like an acrobat doing all kinds of elaborate tricks on a high wire. Sure it’s impressive, but he’s got a safety harness on.” (pg. 9) How many of those brilliant ideas feed someone else’s dream because of fear. We all want security- job security to take care of our family; relationship security to build healthy families and support circles; and financial security to not only live but to enjoy life.
When it is time forfeit the safety net and just walk the wire without the fancy antics? Schussler says, “Entrepreneurship is like performing a steady walk across two forty-foot-high platforms. It doesn’t have to involve fancy footwork; it can be just moving gingerly along the taut wire….What makes the performance impressive is that lack of a safety net.” (pg. 10) Your taut wire walk is impressive because of the guts it took to just walk out on your dreams. Schussler states that you need “passion, ambition and talent” to climb someone else’s pole, “but you need guts to be in business for yourself. “ (pg. 9) You need guts to climb your own pole.
Take a look at this video of an 83 year old gentleman climbing a pole. His age, the height of the pole, nor the difficulty were not factors. I think it was his passion, ambition and talent.
If you call yourself and entrepreneur, you are saying, I am a risk taker. Dictionary.com defines you as a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and RISK. Taking risks leads to success when you make the do-overs count. Julie Zeilinger has compiled 7 Reasons Why Risk-Taking Leads to Success for women, as views from successful women who “put it all on the line.”
- Great, otherwise unforeseen opportunities often come from risk-taking-reframe risk as an opportunity to succeed
- Taking risks shows confidence and helps you stand out-present yourself as a leader and not a follower satisfied with status quo
- We learn from risks — and those lessons may lead us on an important, new path-external opportunities and internal growth
- Success won’t fall in your lap — you have to pursue it- active pursuit
- You don’t achieve your dreams by playing it safe-open you up to a world of possibilities you have yet to consider
- Embracing risk-taking helps you overcome a fear of failure-eliminate this major roadblock because failure isn’t the end but usually the beginning
- Taking a risk doesn’t mean doing so haphazardly-it doesn’t occur in a vacuum
Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Vera Wang, and J.K. Rowling all failed before succeeding. So jump! Our passion is such a spring board and the harder we jump on it the more we will be propelled. You will either fly or make the perfect dive into the life you want. Failure is not an option.
Dictionary.com – The world’s favorite online dictionary! (n.d.). Retrieved November 05, 2016, from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/entrepreneur
Schussler, Steven. (2010) It’s A Jungle In There. New York: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
Zeilinger, J. (2013, August 13). Seven Reasons Risk-Taking Leads to Success. Retrieved November 5, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/seven-reasons-why-risk-taking-leads-to-success_n_3749425.html