Take a Chance

We have the ability to make choices that can move our lives in a positive direction. In other words, if you are unhappy with your job, then you can decide to leave and do something else. Too many people are working at jobs that they do not like but feel stuck or afraid to try something new. I have changed careers 7 times and do not have any regrets. If you stay too long in the shower in the morning, its time to change.

You will never know until you try. Some people are risk averse and are afraid to roll the dice. But nothing great has ever been created without a risk being taken.

When FedEx was denied a business loan they needed to foot a gas bill and stay afloat, founder Fred Smith took $5,000 to Las Vegas to raise the cash. If that’s not the epitome risk taking, I don’t know what is.

In 2008, Twitter’s user base was growing, but it was turning profits like many insiders thought they should’ve been. Facebook offered $500 million to take over the growing social network — an offer Twitter promptly rejected. It’s hard to imagine life without the platform, but whether the risk really will pay off in the end, still remains to be seen. Sometimes, saying no and sticking it out through the tough times is the hardest risk of all.

Once upon a time, there was no Google. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created the company while PhD students at TK, and almost gave up on it all because it was taking way too much time. Page almost sold the company in 1997 for just $1.5 million. Later on in 2006, when no one understood the potential of a little video service called YouTube, the tech company bought it up. The rest is history.

The above mentioned business examples taught the entrepreneurs a lesson and changed their lives as well the modern business landscape. Their belied in their product is what drove their success.

The only way to be successful and happy is to see the good in every situation. Some times thats easier said than done. But its the only way to get where you are going. And success is not based on salary or material goods but is based on happiness, peace of mind, and family / friends.

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