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Taking Risks Is Part of Success



"If it scares you, it might be a good thing do."—John Haremza
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hat frightens you?  

- Is it the thought of failure?  

-Is it the thought of trying something new?  

-Is it the thought of having someone else look down on your efforts?  


These are all very common fears, and they all have one thing in common: they stop people from trying something that just might change their lives.


As I say in my book, Right or Almost Right, “I believe that it is far better to try something and risk failure than it is to live with the resentment of never having tried at all”. I have quite a few stories that illustrate this point, but perhaps the most important for me is that of what happened when I moved from a paying job to self-employment.


When I made the decision to go full-time with my business, I began to take serious heat from my friends, family and co-workers. My family was understandably concerned with my ability to provide and to support myself. I know it is difficult to watch someone you love take a step like this, so I understood their point. However, I also knew that they would support me in my desire to pursue a dream. What I did not expect was the reaction of my co-workers, who were far less supportive and far more brutal in sharing their opinions.


The teasing and taunting were brutal! I was told that I would never make it and that this network marketing thing was a scam and would not work for me. My co-workers did everything but tie me to a chair to discourage me from trying!  


I still remember the opposition I got that day in our break room. They laughed at me and told me I would never make it. My reply, and you could have heard a pin drop when I said it, was, "Maybe you’re right, but the worst that can happen is that I’ll have to come back and get a job like you’ve got." To this day, I believe that changing my outlook and being willing to take a chance is what kept me from drowning in a sea of boredom and brought me the greatest challenges of my life. My co-workers? As far as I know, they are still plugging away at those same old jobs!