You’ve committed to taking a career risk. Now what?

Career Risk | Risk

So, you have gone and done it. You’ve committed to taking a risk in your career. Woo-hoo!  Kudos to you. Now I have an important few words of advice for you…


When it comes to taking a career risk, do these statements sound familiar?

When taking a risk in your career, even a calculated and planned one like yours, so many people start with:

  • I am going to try…
  • I am doing XXX but it may not work out.
  • I’m not sure if it will happen, but I am going for…

It is normal to downplay expectations when you are taking a risk and going for something new. Yes, it might not work out. But so many times these statements are excuses for not going all in.

Are you making excuses to avoid taking a career risk?

Henry Ford said it best:

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

There is no simpler way to put this. If you go in thinking – perhaps even expecting – that it won’t work out, guess what? It won’t. Expectation and intent are both key to successful risk taking. Without them, we give up when we see the first sign that it might not work out.

And when did that first sign of it not working out show up?

When you opened your mouth or thought to yourself “this might not work out.”  Self-sabotage at its finest!

We all know there are no guarantees in life, yet we set ourselves up not to even have the remotest possibility for success from the get-go. It may not turn out the way you planned; I can almost guarantee that.

Commit to taking a risk in your career. Go all in!

But unless you go all in, you will not get the benefit of undertaking the risk. You shut yourself off from the full experience and the possibility it might even work out. Why bother?

So go all in! Commit to yourself and the risk you are excited to undertake. Here’s your homework. Fill in the blank:

I am going to  ________________________.


Previous PostNext Post

Share this Post