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Part Four: Advice Your Mother Never Gave You > Successful People Take Risks

Chapter Thirty-Three. Successful People Take Risks

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

W. Gretzky

What do Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Rudy Guiliani, Jerry Seinfeld, Ted Turner, Dolly Parton, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, and Pablo Picasso have in common? In addition to successful careers, they all took risks. If you’re looking for one characteristic that differentiates people who have achieved great success from those who haven’t, you would find that the successful people have taken a risk. They quit a job; they moved to a new city; they started a business; they ran for political office. They did something that made themselves vulnerable and exposed themselves to failure. I’m not proposing that risk taking guarantees success. Clearly, it doesn’t. What I am saying is that it’s very hard to become successful without giving up some security and taking a chance. As someone once said, “Behind every successful person was a mother who was convinced her kid was making a huge mistake.”


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