Taking a Risk in Uncertain Times

Tomorrow’s a big day for me, as I embark on a new adventure hosting a radio show/podcast tied to my work in supporting people through career transitions. It’ll be the first time I’m doing any type of broadcasting in 24 yrs. Radio was my first career love and I’m looking forward to coming full circle and engaging with it again. I’m a helper personality and left the industry to pursue a career that was more along those lines, though I have missed it at times. As with many things in life, it’s a risk to put myself out there in this way, especially in these days of social media, though it’s exciting too. What’s that phrase? “Gotta risk it for the biscuit?” I’m locked in for a year, so we’ll see how it goes.

It gets me thinking about all of the things that we don’t do, try, or pursue due to being risk averse. Often, it sounds like, “I can’t do X because…” And while I’m all for being prudent and am a practical person, I’ve also learned that sometimes it’s in taking a bit of a risk where we find the greatest pleasant surprises in life, such as a jog down a career path we never considered before or meeting people who wouldn’t be in our lives otherwise.

Don’t get me wrong – there have been plenty of times I made bad career moves and job choices. Even those provided good learning experiences – what I definitely didn’t want to do, my tolerance level for organizational politics, and if I was willing to stay in jobs that looked good on paper, though had nothing to do behind them (turned out I wasn’t). All in all, the benefits of my choices have been worth it up to this point, scary as it was to take some leaps of faith.

What’s a risk you’re willing to take?

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