Taking some risks is the only way to become successful. Those who live in comfort and never push their limits are not going to succeed. It then depends what the risk is, and weighing up the pros and cons of the risk. The risk doesn’t have to be financial, but sometimes the biggest risks are a risk of rejection or looking foolish. You will find that being promotable means that you need to assess your risk and see what you should do, whether that is a career promotion, or public relations promotion.
The key thing is that it’s not always easy to assess your risk. In fact, there are a lot of people who will place their bets on something that has happened according to pattern and then was given a curve ball and lost it all. Risk is risk no matter how much research that you do. Keep in mind that it is the research and preparation that will make you feel more likely to take the risk, but you just never know.
There are a lot of people who like to play it safe; however, you will want to keep in mind that you can’t do that all your life – if you want something to change, then you need to change something. You need to take the risks and sometimes you need to take the wrong risks and hope that they work out because that is what is necessary to go far in the business world, and in life. Sometimes you will find that life at work can be much like a poker game. If you really want to make the promotion you just have to bet it all, and hope you don’t lose your shirt in the process. You will want to make sure that you take some caution when it comes to any risk, however, you will find that there is a lot to gain from safe risks and wild risks.
So, how do you know if you are placing a good bet or a wild bet? You will find that it is history that sets a pattern. Most of the time, history will repeat, but you never know when you are going to get your curve ball, so that is why you do a thorough research. You will want to research the background and also come up with some case examples. You will want to think about what could happen in a positive way, in a negative way, or what you would need to break even. You will also need to know what the risks are and what you could gain from the risk. You may end up finding that it’s simply just not worth it. You will also find that it could be a great investment, as long as you use some caution. You will also want to think about getting the opinion of several of the people in your network, and you will only want to ask those who you trust and respect in the business sense. You will want to make sure that you are getting advice that you can trust and not just another crazy person trying to talk you into something.
Taking a chance could be a little bit of a risk that you aren’t willing to take, however, you should always trust your first, gut feeling because it is usually right. You will want to make sure that you take all the supporting details into consideration before you make a choice that will not only put your promotion at risk, but your job as well. Make sure that you could live with the positive side effects and the negative side effects. Assess your worst case scenario, and it’s usually not the end of the world.