Risky Business

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Tomorrow, I’m taking a huge risk.

In a Huffington post interview, Kay Koplovitz once said, ‘you really have to put one foot in front of the other and start on your journey. You have to be comfortable that you don’t know exactly how you are going to get to the results that you want to see. There is going to be experimentation along the way. And you have to be comfortable that you can think your way through and actually execute your way through to the desired outcome. I expected to be successful. I wanted to be successful.’

I don’t know where I see myself in five years but, I know I want to be successful. This is a drive I’ve always had. Success for me isn’t about fame or a high salary. Success is achieving something using my own skills and my own money. Success, is becoming a confident and worldly individual. My ultimate goal is to make a career out of writing. Writing allows you to gather your thoughts and reshape your experiences into something new. Have you ever put all of yourself into a story? Have you ever truly believed in a fiction you have written, modelled on your own memories? It’s scary. Writing takes a lot of courage. I’m three years into my creative writing major and I still struggle with it. And, I sure as hell still struggle with rejection.

Someone who knows well the feeling of rejection is J. K. Rowling. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a struggling single mother on welfare and faced twelve rejections from publishers. But, she didn’t give up. Eventually, she sold the book for the equivalent of $4 000. The series went on to break numerous sales records and earn a permanent place in the hearts of children and adults all over the world (The Huffington Post, 2013). Rowling’s world and her story will always be important. She built so much out of so little. I hope to do the same.

According to The Huffington Post, we tend to view risk-taking negatively, often regarding it as dangerous and even unwise. But while some risks certainly don’t pay off, it’s important to remember that some do. One of the best ways to learn is to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice stability for a more fulfilling life. Emagene Morris at The Global Work & Travel Co. recently told me that most employers actually respect people who take time off to travel and try new things. Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO of Expedia. Inc.) shares this view, saying that ‘travel teaches you and transforms you in tremendous ways that translate into smarter leaders and more passionate employees.’ Travel creates resiliency and opens you to an empathetic world view. You can read more about this on LinkedIn.

With all of this in mind, I will be making a change tomorrow. The change will put me in a really good place. Or, perhaps, a really bad one. This risk is designed to make way for new achievements. Less stress and more time for writing, more time for university and my career. I want to get healthy and spend more time with my family. I want to go to Sunday morning markets with my friends, eat good food and buy nice flowers. I’m hoping that through achieving the small things that make me happy, I will achieve something incredible.

And so, I type six terrifying and terribly exciting words into my search bar.

How to write a resignation letter.


Carmel Purcell


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*Risky Business Part 2 – available in November

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