Why it’s important to take a risk


How often do we actually take a risk in day to day life? Personally, I follow the same routine day in, day out. I go to the coffee shop next to my office, pick up my cappuccino and spend half an hour before work contemplating what I need to do that day.

I’m sure most people who read this will be in a similar situation to me. It happens at work, the weekends and when we meet friends and family. After all, people like to have a routine – no matter how small.

When was the last time you changed what you do? Be that with your morning routine, with your weekend meeting place with friends or even with your career.

Taking a risk, and changing what you do, are especially important in your career. Most people I speak to are really comfortable in their current position. But why be comfortable when you can have something that challenges you every day and gives you progression in all directions?

When my candidates consider a move to a new company, I usually get the following objections:

  • I’m really comfortable
  • I don’t know if moving will work out
  • What if I’m not happy after I move?
  • What if I don’t get on with my colleagues?

You’re never going to know if a new company will accept you, help you progress and move forward.

Although this is the case, how are you going to know if you don’t give it a go, and take a risk?

You won’t.

You can never be certain about anything, and if you don’t commit and take a risk on occasion with work – how are you ever going to know if something better is on the horizon?

If the job fits, and it’s a genuine improvement, take it! Changing your job is similar to moving house. You don’t know who the neighbours are. You don’t know the area. But you move in anyway.

Look at your options. Take the risk. You will never know if you never try.

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