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Why I Never Stop Taking Chances

I have some big news coming up (which I’ll share later this week) and this news relates to taking chances. I took chances non-stop in my teens and 20s. Fear was not in my vocabulary.

Today, however, I am more settled. But I still have that burning fire inside me that encourages me to take another leap. I love to constantly be challenged, learn new things and explore.

I recently read an inspiring post by Jason Goldberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Fab. called 90 Things I’ve Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies. Now, I may not have founded four companies (the closest thing I’ve done is start a dog park), but there are great inspirational moments here to encourage me to keep pushing myself personally and professionally.

Here are some of my favorites from his list.

23. Inspire.

Are you doing everything in your power to inspire everyone around you? Whether it’s at work or at home, push others to move forward, do their best and work toward something great.

61. Spend every dollar like it is your last.
 But, don’t be afraid to spend.

There’s a balance between saving and spending money, but part of taking chances is finding the right moments to spend, and then spending it. My husband and I finally took that cruise we always wanted and it was one of the best vacations of our lives. It’s about quality of life today as much as it is about saving for retirement.

65. If you’re on a rocket-ship, strap on on your seatbelt and aim for another planet.

If you’re on to something big and exciting, go for it. Then, don’t take a break but instead, soar toward that next exciting moment or goal. I remember when I ran my first 5k. I was excited and proud but then I thought, what if I can run further? That’s when I started running five miles.

77. Wear funny socks or colorful shoes.

This is great for company culture, but it’s also a perfect reminder to have fun in your day-to-day life. As a mom, I can easily find myself in jeans and sweat shirt, but I don’t feel excited or empowered. I push myself to wear something that makes me feel good, even if it’s on a Saturday morning.

80. Laugh at yourself, and let others do so too.

Whether it’s burning toast or making a typo, I try not to sweat it. I learn from my mistakes and quickly move on.

83. Find inspiration in the people around you.

Always be open-minded and ready to learn new things. You can learn something from everyone you meet, so take that chance.

84. Have fun every single day.

It’s as simple as Jason puts it, “If it’s not fun, stop doing it.  No one is making you.
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87. Mature, but don’t grow up.

I love playing with my two-year-old as if I’m a kid, too. We dig in the dirt, ride the slide together and make a giant mess in the kitchen. Some of these moments are the best ones I’ve ever had.

90. Smile, you’re designed to.

 

Thanks Jason for the amazing post. What other inspirational learnings have you gained? Feel free to share your thoughts here. And stay tuned for my news in my next post.

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