No Risk, No Rewards!

Taking Risks
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Written by Kristie Kennedy

Are you allowing fear to hold you back from achieving big goals? Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Thinking about starting a business or taking more risks in your current career? Take a peak below and discovery your fiery passion and learn how taking risks can lead to rewards.

As a preface, let me state that making mistakes is a natural part of your human existence. However, the quantity of blunders can be greatly diminished as a result of thorough preparation, collaboration and research.

The depth of your experience will provide you with an internal wealth of wisdom applicable to future business opportunities and challenges. It is important to value each lesson life decides to teach on your path to greatness.

What is the fiery passion behind your desire to start a business? It is paramount that you understand your WHY beyond a superficial level. There will be thunderous times of testing that cause you to question whether or not the current pain is worth the future gain.

Taking Risks

The beauty in taking a leap of faith is often discovered in the countless adventures you are privileged to encounter. I remember at the end of 2006, deciding that I wanted to travel out of the country. Although, not knowing how it was going to happen; I prepared for it. With each step forward ultimately, I found myself in Bangkok, Thailand participating in an International Women in Leadership Conference. It was one of the most exhilarating moments of my entrepreneurial excursions to date! Before you can SEIZE it, you must be able to SEE it!

The bottom line definition of an entrepreneur is one who is willing to assume responsibility for the final outcome of a calculated risk taken, whether positive or negative. The question becomes what mental excuses are you allowing to hold your potential hostage, under lock and key?

Are you able to recognize the voice of fear whispering in your ear?
o You are too young or too old.
o You don’t have enough work experience.
o You need a college degree.
o You have a criminal history in your background records.
o You don’t have any high profile connections.
o You need mounds of money to start a business.
o You have never been successful in anything.
o Your friends and family will laugh at you.

I challenge you to silence every voice of negativity and reach beyond your wildest dreams. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have the power to be anything you grant yourself permission to be. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” —Tim Duncan

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?

I am a beautiful and brilliant.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?

The ability to inspire others to live their best life and overcome inner fears.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?

Speaking and writing on a national level. The Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize.

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?

I have to write with black gel pens G-2 Pilot preferably.

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

Brown Eyes.

About the author

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Kristie Kennedy

Kristie Kennedy, Women's Empowerment Speaker, Small Business and Leadership Development Coach provides simple success strategies to overcome everyday challenges, internal conflicts and confidence killers.

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