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Freedom to Take Risks

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A few years ago, I would have considered myself to be someone who didn’t like taking risks. I preferred to keep myself within the confines of my comfort zone and live my comfortable, predictable life. Predictability felt safe, and I really liked feeling safe. However, about 2 ½ years ago I decided that I was ready for something more out of life, and I knew that it wouldn’t be possible unless I kicked my comfort zone to the curb.

It wasn’t easy, but I gave myself the permission and freedom to take risks.

I decided that after 8 years working at the same company, I was ready to shake things up a bit. I was ready to break away from the transportation world and into the technology world. I was ready to leave the company that I spent nearly a decade working for to seek new opportunities. 

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I didn’t leave immediately, instead, I enrolled in a one-year web design certification program at a local university in order to learn my new craft. I went to school two nights a week after working long days at the office and I spent my free time working on class assignments. I was surrounded by people that shared my desire for web design and digital marketing.

Everyone was like me; working full time, and coming to the program in order to make a career change. There were lawyers, graphic designers, web developers, social media experts, and even teachers among us. We all shared a desire for change, the ambition to learn, and the dedication to make the sacrifices that it took to get where we wanted to go. We all gave ourselves the freedom to take risks, even though we had no idea what to expect in our careers in the years to come. We all had faith and felt that the risk was worth it. When it was finally time for me to take the leap, I did. It was scary leaving a company after 10 years working there, but it was worth it.

When your inner voice is telling you to “take the risk”, “make the change”,
listen to it.

Listen to what that voice is telling you. Don’t make any decisions right away, but don’t ignore the nag inside of you that tells you to step out of your comfort zone. Sit down and think about what you really want to achieve, regardless of whether or not it initially seems achievable or not.

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Come up with a plan and take steps, no matter how small, to get you moving in the right direction. Seek out supporters and cheerleaders. My brother was a big support to me during my decision to change careers; so much so, that he and I enrolled in the certification program together. We encouraged one another and he constantly reminded me of the benefits of listening to that inner voice.

God puts ideas in your mind and people in your path to help guide you to your purpose. Sometimes, listening to that guidance seems too big of a risk to bear. But as Mark Zuckerberg once said, “The biggest risk is not taking any”.

Fast forward to today and I am SO happy that I listened to my brave inner voice that told me to go for it. I’ve grown my blog, learned a new trade, and now work in Digital Marketing and Technology…and I love it!

As I mentioned in a previous post, this year I’ve chosen the word freedom as my one focus word for 2018. Freedom to take risks is something that no matter how scary, can have amazing rewards. If you don’t already, trust yourself to take risks. Free yourself from the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone. What are you afraid of? You’ll never know what’s on the other side unless you open the door and look.

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19 Comments

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    Kimberly
    February 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Wow! Wish you knew how right on time these words are! Thank you for sharing

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      Adrienne
      February 6, 2018 at 10:32 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for reading! 😊

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    Andrea
    February 7, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Congrats to you! I love that quote by Mark Zuckerberg!

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      Adrienne
      February 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much!!

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    Melanie
    February 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I have been contemplating taking some classes to make my experience and education in web design and social media more “official” but I am not sure where to begin! I am happy to hear that you were able to do something that you love. A friend of mine recently quit her job to do the same thing and loves it!

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      Adrienne
      February 18, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      You should definitely go for it! I found great success with a local university program, but Udemy is also a great place to start!

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    Reesa Lewandowski
    February 7, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    When I was younger I was such a risk taker, I had not much to lose so why not! Now as I am approaching my late 30s, it is so hard to take that leap! I am trying so hard to be more of a risk taker again!

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      Adrienne
      February 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Omg, I completely know the feeling. I think we get less risky as we get older, which is why I had to step out of my comfort zone and just go for it. You can totally do it, Reesa – no regrets!

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    GiGi Eats
    February 7, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Life is just one big risk in all honesty. EVERY DAY we take risks – waking up in the morning is a risk, lol. But we need to take risks in order to LIVE so I am glad you let yourself!

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      Adrienne
      February 18, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Isn’t it, though? That’s such a great way to look at it!

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    Nadalie Bardowell
    February 7, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Good for you for taking the one-year web design course! I also did continuing education through a college part-time twice a week. It is hard work after working throughout the day then having to eat something quick to get to class without falling asleep. GOOD for you, I am so happy you’re now enjoying and that is has paid off, keep up the good work!

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      Adrienne
      February 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      That’s cool – you know exactly the sacrifices that it takes. I bet you’re glad to be finished with the program, I know I sure am! lol

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    Melissa Dixon
    February 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    This does sound like a very good change in your life. I need to take more risks and be more deliberate in my actions. I could especially use a little more freedom in my life, what a great word! I love it!

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    Nikki
    February 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Sounds like taking risks really paid off for you. I wish I could become a risk taker. There are so many things I’d love to do, but my anxiety makes it difficult. For example, I’d love to just hop in my car with my son and drive somewhere new, no map, no plan, just drive. Alas, I’m afraid to drive on the highway, and I start imagining all of the things that could go wrong. You’re definitely an inspiration!

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    lisalisa
    February 8, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Love this! I use to be a risk taker, and wow I was really something in doing so. My siblings would always say I would go after anything in life I wanted and I did!. I’m so glad that the risk you have taken has paid off for you. I still feel as though I need to get back to taking more risk in my life but I guess as I’ve gotten older anxiety has set in and stopped me. Your post has really spoke to me today reminding me that it’s not to late to take a risk on what I want in life!

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    Marie Gizelle
    February 8, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) I may have been new here but I sincerely want to congratulate you for having gone through risking and having a pleasant outcome! Here’s hoping for more positive things! 🙂

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    meeta
    February 11, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Change can often means a chance – a new opportunity that can open so many interesting doors. I totally believe in listening to that inner voice – no matter how small that voice is – if you can tune it in and listen to it – that often guides is to the right solution. Good for you that you listened to it and I wish you all the very best!

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    Aileen Adalid
    February 11, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I love this post! In life, the one thing I fear for is regret so I try to do whatever it is that I want to do even if the risks are high because as they say, it’s better to fail than NOT to try at all. Thanks for this insightful post!

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