What's the biggest risk you've taken and how did it turn out?

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  1. earllogjam

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    I'm wondering how many people have taken a plunge into something scary for them not knowing what the outcome may be and whether or not taking the plunge or risk had a good outcome.

    What's the biggest risk you've taken in life and what's been the outcome? Glad you took it or regretful that you did?
     
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    Become a member here, showed myself off and starting to like people more then I ever wanted them to like...
    Maybe not a risk of life and death, but a risk that keeps you busy in your daily life.
     
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    Good topic. There have been so many and I guess I can't say which was the biggest. I've always had a bit of compulsion about risk taking.

    I'm in the middle of one right now, having expanded my business with a lot of money invested in a new building and equipment and a increased work force. The decision was taken last January just as the world economy was tanking. It felt pretty risky, friends told me to wait and see what happened, but I had a project confirmed (but not signed) at the time, I really wanted to do it and I was convinced it was right. So far so good, we signed two new very large orders this month for delivery 18 months from now.

    For me, a life without risk isn't worth living. When life starts to get routine and everyday the same, I tend to upset the apple cart and see where things land and have fun sorting it out again.

    Also this year I bought Ford MoCo stock in mid-march. :tongue: Not really a risk, but I'm happy.
     
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    I left a very well paying job 2 years ago to start a new business that's on the bleeding edge of technology.

    We're starting to finally get wider acceptance now and it looks like it will pay off next year for us.

    It's been a very exciting 2 years though. Both good and bad. We've downsized our house and cars to something a bit more modest. We've learned how to really, and I mean really, live on a tight budget, which includes a savings. But, on the other side of that token, learning all the nuances to running a regional / national business has been great. The connections we've made networking are amazing and the industry we're in teaches us new things every single day.

    The economy has actually been beneficial for us as well. For the very same reasons we've had to downsize our personal life, companies have had to find new and innovative ways to keep the status quo on smaller budgets.

    The one really good thing is that my wife has an equally well paying job (as compared to my two years ago) so, we're never really worried about being out in the cold. But, until our business really takes off, we're living off of her salary.

    That being said, if I new then what I know now, would I still have done it. Absolutely! So I had trade my brand new car in and drive my 30 year old toy instead. So what. It's only for a couple of years and the sacrifices we're making now will be well worth it in the end.
     
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    I have taken risks my whole life. I would say the most recent was leaving a well paying job a year ago that I hated and starting over in a venue that I had only dabbled in as a full time career. It's working out great, better than my expectations.
     
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    Selling my blood on the back roads of Pocatello as I searched for a raven haired beauty who I'd seen once years before. I never did find her; but, I found the locals were quite warm and welcoming- sometimes too warm. (selling my blood is gentlemanly code for giving over my body for a meal and a place to crash-although I did sell some plasma)

    Eating food well past its expiration date- I lived, no worse off.

    Telling a police officer he was a cock sucking pile of goat shit, unfit to inhabit even a garbage sack. He laughed, then gave me a few hard punches. It was worth it.


    Kissing the father of the girl I was dating, directly on his sensuous lips, getting my tongue in his mouth, pulling back and saying 'That's what Laura gets from me.' after he had asked (to his wife) 'I don't know what she gets from this jerk, do you?' He was speechless; but didn't yell or punch or threaten me. When I told his daughter what I had done, she broke up with me immediately. Definitely worth it as she was costing me a fortune (she saved me big that night, as she wouldn't even allow me to take her back home).

    Walking briskly through the streets (?) of Najaf while aircraft was above shooting randomly. I lived and had no injuries.

    Quitting my job at Greyhound the first time and then urinating on the manager's leg. He had said 'don't piss on me and claim it's rain.' I finished, sniffed the air, and told him he was right, it wasn't rain. He was terminated a few days later, I reapplied, got the job back.

    On the trip home from Ashland one year, I got off the bus in some town in Indiana and wandered around, slept on somebody's yard hammock and the next morning as the sun began to rise, I headed up the steps, entered their kitchen and prepared breakfast. It didn't go bad, after their original scare of an intruder, I was allowed to stay for the next few days until I got myself a job and a room in a boarding house. Considering he was the Chief of Police and she was a cop herself, it was definitely a risk.


    My life has been filled with risk, all seem big at the time, looking back, many were risks; can't say which was the biggest.
     
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    Taking the risk to be open and vulnerable enough to love fully, truly and deeply and be loved likewise in return. High risk, High reward.
     
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    Leaving New Jersey and moving to Arizona in 1974 was the riskiest thing that I did. I left my friends and family in search of a new life in the Southewest filled with adventure. I got a job at a Safeway grocery store in Scottsdale, AZ and life was good right from the start. I bought a motorcycle and would ride with other bike guys from work to places like Payson, Oak Creek Canyon, and the Grand Canyon on our days off. I took numerous rides to San Diego and Orange County to explore Southern California. I soon knew that I'd end up in San Diego some day.

    The second riskiest thing that I did was to leave AZ to move to San Diego in 1989. Once again, throwing caution to the wind with a well thought out plan to relocate paid off. I started going back to school at SDSU and got a degree in accounting. I'm right where I'm supposed to be. I feel that I've self-actualized on a number of levels and am happy with who I am and where I'm at.
     
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    Buying one and building another business back in 2001. Sold them both 4-5 years later for a significant profit.
     
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    The Russians packed up and went home. I think they are buying Fords now.
     
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    I was thinking that I did many risky things when I was a kid, but in hindsight, they were mostly just dumb.
     
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    biggest risk: having open heart surgery at 21.
    result: alive and kicking.
     
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    I have an aversion to risk, probably because of an less than ideal childhood frought with the problems of being poor. But I've always tried to explore new things and follow passions. Most of the risks I take these days are calculated.

    I've done plenty of dumb things but most of them didn't seem risky at the time.

    I guess the riskiest thing I've done lately was buy a run down fixer upper at the beach with an unknown amount of dry rot and termite damage. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I need to finish the renovations and start to rent it out ASAP.
     
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