TAKING RISKS IN LIFE: How often do you "go out on a limb"??

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 16, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    So I'm curious about some of you. How do you run your daily life? When I ask about risk, I'm NOT referring to sexual risk or anything in that category. What I'm asking is, when it comes to making major decisions in your life, do you tend to follow the "comfortable" (meaning as closely aligned to previous behavior as possible) or do you just roll the dice and see where things land?

    Being "Mr. Structured" and an analyist, I make assessments based on perception and past experience.
    I've been learning that appealing to my personal side and doing something new and different can be an important part of life as well, even in business.

    You?
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    Jun 16, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    I love blazing the trail for myself and others. I do it to explore my fear of the unknown. Failed many times and paid the price without counting the cost beforehand. But it gets me going. To me, that is a reward in itself.
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    Jun 16, 2008 4:05 PM GMT
    My Story is probably way too long and boring to write out here, but yeah....I've taken some HUGE risks in the last few years...

    2001 I walked away from a stable, fairly happy 17 year relationship with a great guy.
    2003 I walked away from a 16 year long career in the Insurance Industry where I had been labled a "certified golden boy", having become the youngest "Director" in this Fortune 100 Company.
    I just wanted to start my entire life over and go in a completely different path...
    In hindsight....probably wasn't the best idea....but its too late now and I can't turn back. (shrugs)
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    Jun 16, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    smalltownboy saidMy Story is probably way too long and boring to write out here, but yeah....I've taken some HUGE risks in the last few years...

    2001 I walked away from a stable, fairly happy 17 year relationship with a great guy.
    2003 I walked away from a 16 year long career in the Insurance Industry where I had been labled a "certified golden boy", having become the youngest "Director" in this Fortune 100 Company.
    I just wanted to start my entire life over and go in a completely different path...
    In hindsight....probably wasn't the best idea....but its too late now and I can't turn back. (shrugs)


    Hey, you wanted to turn it around and that takes time man. It will get better once you established yourself in what you do now.

    For me, I like to take risks. Coming to Guatemala was my biggest risk so far. Its not so bad, but everything has its downsides.
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    Jun 16, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Does making my own decisions on buying and selling stock count?

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    Jun 16, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    zimster saidI love blazing the trail for myself and others. I do it to explore my fear of the unknown. Failed many times and paid the price without counting the cost beforehand. But it gets me going. To me, that is a reward in itself.


    -Right there w/ ya!
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    In venture capital we go out on a limb every day - but we carefully calculate the risk. Factors including market size and growth characteristics are key in my investment decision-making. The economics of the business must be such that it is not capital intensive and provides for high sustainable gross margins. The business must ultimately be an attractive IPO or acquisition candidate. So - caution with measurable risk is my strategy...... in business and personal relationships.
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    i stick with a plan. although lately i've had a strong urge to ditch it, pack up and move to alaska. lol.

    maybe not alaska, but i am tired of where i am (even at 20 years old) and am ready to do something different. the only thing keeping me is school. i want at least the security of the degrees im working on. my education is the one thing no one can take away from me, so i want to have something i can depend on to make a living.

    im so tired of texas though icon_sad.gif

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    Jun 16, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    smalltownboy saidMy Story is probably way too long and boring to write out here, but yeah....I've taken some HUGE risks in the last few years...

    2001 I walked away from a stable, fairly happy 17 year relationship with a great guy.
    2003 I walked away from a 16 year long career in the Insurance Industry where I had been labled a "certified golden boy", having become the youngest "Director" in this Fortune 100 Company.
    I just wanted to start my entire life over and go in a completely different path...
    In hindsight....probably wasn't the best idea....but its too late now and I can't turn back. (shrugs)


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    I've had no choice but to take risks.
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    I do my best not to over think it and go with my "gut" feeling; that feeling has not let me down!!!
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    I used to be a risk taker, but have mellowed due to many reasons. Now I am in a new job and parted with my LTR. I am ready to take some risks but also just take steps towards living my life... a risk in itself.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    It all depends on your level of (self)comfort and how much you trust your own personal judgments and instincts.
    I, for one, have always been a believer in the "go big or go home" mentality. As it always worked out? Nope. But, you dust yourself off and try again.

    There are two luxuries in life that I will never allow myself:
    1) What if questions! Pointless and uselles.
    2) Regrets! Absolutly no regrets. Life is a big lesson, and I a big student. If I didn't learn anything from whatever experience might have come my way, either I wasn't prepared for it or, I wasn't paying attention.icon_redface.gif. You [I] move on.

    You have to take risks. You have to take the chance to jump of the edge, without knowing if there's solid ground below or even if things are going to work out. Life is one big canvas, do yourself a favour, and throw as much paint as you can on it. Discover how beautiful it can get.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    I tend to stay on the more cautious side of the fence. Once in a great while, if my instincts are telling me to, I'll take a risk. But for the most part I tend to think (over-think more like) things through a lot.

    Like right now I'm currently faced with whether to bother to fix my current car (which is paid for, no car payments) or to get a new car.

    In addition to that, I'm also looking at apartments/condos. I'm completely TORN between renting vs buying - and included in each of those decisions there are numerous factors to consider.

    Location, price, aesthetics, availability, parking, utilities... k I'm getting a headache. icon_confused.gif

    Same thing with guys, I rarely if ever approach a guy first. It's not so much a fear of rejection, more like an assumption that they're not interested. I'm proven wrong here and there, but either way you won't see me walking across a room to ask for your number. icon_redface.gif

    I guess I could stand to have a bit more of a daredevil approach to things... icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    Gut is good.

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    Jun 16, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    Good question! I was thinking a lot about that very question today. I just found out last week that I'll be unemployed at the end of this month. I took a huge risk last year. I ended my relationship, sold my home, sold most of my belongings, and moved to NYC.

    I had a meltdown last week when I realized I would be unemployed. In very expensive New York. My boyfriend sent me an e-mail that included a text he received when he got laid off. It said: "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ARE NOW FREE TO MOVE ON. I AM NOT SAD FOR U. U CAN & WILL DO BETTER."

    So, I've been thinking a lot about what I'm going to do and decided that since I've already taken a huge risk I might as well take more. I've decided I don't want to work for anyone else and am looking at doing freelance work and consulting work. I'm also exploring some other options as well.

    I played it safe for so many years. It's both scary and exciting to take risks - but I feel more alive than ever.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
    I also feel alive when I initiate major changes. Each of my career changes (lawyer, librarian, teacher) has included taking a risk of sorts. Also, moving down here to Mexico City.

    Recently, I looked back on my life and saw the periods of self-initiated change to be the times I was really living, and the rest of it (most of it) just following pre-established patterns. I suppose I need both.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    PS (sorry)--IMHO, it's not going out on a limb for its own sake. It's answering a call from inside that says the present isn't meeting your needs, and that you have to try something else.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidPS (sorry)--IMHO, it's not going out on a limb for its own sake. It's answering a call from inside that says the present isn't meeting your needs, and that you have to try something else.


    I agree 100%!
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    Jun 17, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    TXguy1605, Don't they have military recruiters in your area? If you want Fun, Travel and adventure, that's the place to start.

    I'd bet you'd like Army Airborne, MOS 11X, it would give you all the fun, travel and adventure you could stand.






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    Jun 18, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    I've never really thought of it as "taking a risk", but I've always done whatever seemed interesting at the time.

    I spent years playing piano in cocktail lounges in Detroit, then moved to New York.

    I taught English to eighth-graders, then became a headhunter.

    I moved from recruiting lawyers to being a floor trader on the floor of the stock exchange.

    I fell in love with a Virginian, so I dumped New York and moved to Richmond and opened a couple of stores there with him.

    I sold him my share of the business and moved to Florida and became a commodities trader.

    I recently (this year) quit the commodities business to go back to recruiting, and also advising insurance brokerages and agencies on mergers and acquisitions.

    Actually, this will probably be the last career change. I like this one a lot.
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    Jun 18, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    jprichva saidI've never really thought of it as "taking a risk", but I've always done whatever seemed interesting at the time.

    I spent years playing piano in cocktail lounges in Detroit, then moved to New York.

    I taught English to eighth-graders, then became a headhunter.

    I moved from recruiting lawyers to being a floor trader on the floor of the stock exchange.

    I fell in love with a Virginian, so I dumped New York and moved to Richmond and opened a couple of stores there with him.

    I sold him my share of the business and moved to Florida and became a commodities trader.

    I recently (this year) quit the commodities business to go back to recruiting, and also advising insurance brokerages and agencies on mergers and acquisitions.

    Actually, this will probably be the last career change. I like this one a lot.



    Wow - you're a pretty amazing guy - an out-of-box thinker. Awesome life!
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    Jun 18, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    jprichva saidI've never really thought of it as "taking a risk", but I've always done whatever seemed interesting at the time.

    I spent years playing piano in cocktail lounges in Detroit, then moved to New York.

    I taught English to eighth-graders, then became a headhunter.

    I moved from recruiting lawyers to being a floor trader on the floor of the stock exchange.

    I fell in love with a Virginian, so I dumped New York and moved to Richmond and opened a couple of stores there with him.

    I sold him my share of the business and moved to Florida and became a commodities trader.

    I recently (this year) quit the commodities business to go back to recruiting, and also advising insurance brokerages and agencies on mergers and acquisitions.

    Actually, this will probably be the last career change. I like this one a lot.


    Wow! Will you be my mentor? I need to figure out what I'm going to do very quickly!
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    Jun 18, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    John43620 saidTXguy1605, Don't they have military recruiters in your area? If you want Fun, Travel and adventure, that's the place to start.

    I'd bet you'd like Army Airborne, MOS 11X, it would give you all the fun, travel and adventure you could stand.



    I know I am not supposed to say anything at all if I can't say something nice, but for months I've read your posts. I must comment...it's eating at me.

    You identify as gay, conservative, republican, pro-military, pro-greedy version of capitalism, etc.. I've seen you advocate for gun ownership, tell dramatic tales that start with "A close friend of mine..." and other fanciful stories of involving violence to gays and others. I've seen you challenge the SCIENCE behind high suicide rates among gay/bi/trans/queer teens with the typical "I read a study that says differently" or my favorite, "That study had no science to back it up." I get so sick of the conservative debate strategy of "Eh Unh!!" (said in my best 8 year-old voice while shaking my head left to right.)

    Now you're advocating for a military career, suggesting it's a great way to see the world? 1985 called, they want their military career propaganda back.

    Sir, with all due respect, are you brain damaged? icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 18, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    pdxboxer saidSir, with all due respect, are you brain damaged? icon_eek.gif


    Can I get an "Amen"?