7 simple ways to take a risk


Here’s what we love about risk: It breaks boundaries and broadens our world. It delivers a kind of exhilaration that following the rules never will. It helps us determine our own destiny.

We don’t suggest daredevil antics, but we do endorse trying something new on a regular basis.

  1. Eat a food you’ve never tried before.
  2. Ask your employer for a raise or review.
  3. Change your look.
  4. Sing karaoke with friends.
  5. Go out to eat by yourself.
  6. Play hooky!
  7. Do something that scares you.

Thanks to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin for this list. You can find hundreds more ideas in their book The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery.

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