I am ready to bet that if you here right now reading this post is because somehow you either feel the need to move on with your life and you’re not sure yet, or you’ve already decided to take the risk to move on. On this post, I am not trying to teach you something you don’t know yet, my goal is to set your heart on fire and make you decide today, right now, that YES YOU CAN.
Let me get started with this question: what do Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell have in common? Well if you are still thinking, all of them started their company as they were still in school and today they are part of the top wealthiest men in the world. Do you remember that quote of Lao Tzu saying the journey of a thousand miles start up with one step? Well, that what they did, those people are living proof that to succeed, man needs to take some risk, as crazy as they can be.
Just to recall, Richard Branson’s first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called student. Today, this British industrialist worths about $4 billion. He loves to say that his interest in life comes from setting himself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them…from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, he felt that he had to attempt it.
Similar story Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell. This last one, at age 27, became the youngest CEO to have his company ranked in Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 corporations. In fact, while a pre-med student at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell started an informal business upgrading computers in room 2713 of the Dobie Center residential building. He then applied for a vendor license to bid on contracts for the State of Texas, winning bids by not having the overhead of a computer store.
You want another example? Dustin Hillis, the record holder of the 155 years old Southwestern company while still a student in Psychology took the risk to go during the summer time and sold door-to-door. He generated a profit of about $100,000 in just 3 months of direct selling of educational books to families with kids. Today, at only 28 years old, Dustin Hillis is the Co-Founder of a multi-million company called Southwestern Consulting, he is author of the book book entitled Navigate, has been feature on the book entitled Speaking of Success with Ken Blanchard, and delivers seminars all across the US as a Sales Expert. I was blessed to work with him for a whole year as we studying ways to enter the hispanic market and I can’t tell you how much of an impact it was to work with him.
I always wanted to work in the Self-Help or Coaching industry. After I graduated from my business school in Paris, France and got my Master, I quit a pretty financially satisfying job I had to fly back to the US and work with the Sales Expert Dustin Hillis at Southwestern Consulting. It was my first step on this long journey. Today, you are reading me on this blog where my mission is to inspire you to take action on your life. Today, you also read me on the Relationship Matters Blog where I share tips and strategies on relationship subjects such tips on Professional Networking, Reputation Management, and Relationship Management and Development Skills. The risk I took back in the days to leave the comfort zone in Paris, France to go to Nashville (TN) and follow my dreams inspired me to create an online company called Act2be.com, where I connect individuals and companies to Self-Improvement experts like Dustin Hillis, Rory Vaden, Ron Marks, and more.
Now let me be clear on one thing. Taking a risk is nt synonym of crazy act. By crazy act, I mean anything you would do without thinking of the main reason of why you are doing it. In fact, before taking a risk, you MUST think first of the reason why you want to do what you are preparing yourself to do and make sure that it’s worthy. If the ultimate goal worth the risk, go ahead and commit yourself to do it and give it your real best. If not, then I would suggest not to do it.
There is a great thing behind taking risk that definitely stimulate a lot and it’s that you don’t really know what’s coming your way but you are convince of two truths: Challenges you will encounter, and opportunities you will have. Now it’s up to you to manage it all.
Again, my goal on this article was to energize you, inspire you, motivate you to get back on your feet and to not give up on your dreams. How many of those dreams you cherish have you already given up because you are scare to take the risk? Now consider this quote of Robert F. Kenndy: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~Robert F. Kennedy.”
Take your first step today, Act To Be!