Risk is not a negative word for a successful businessman because every entrepreneur in the history of mankind had to take major risks in the beginning and probably some minor ones on a daily basis.
This, however, is not exactly a new revelation, but a much more important and interesting question would be, why do risk-takers often turn out to be the most successful entrepreneurs?
Business by Its Very Nature Involves Taking Risks.
Being an entrepreneur and playing it safe are not two terms that go well together. There are no guarantees in business and especially none whatsoever when you are only starting out in this hypercompetitive world. If you are not a risk-taker, then you just won’t be able to make it past the stage of mediocrity.
“Risk” Doesn’t Mean the Same Thing to Everybody.
What most may call risks, a few may see as opportunities instead. Entrepreneurs who are able to predict things that others can’t will also automatically be able to take more successful risks. To them, it’s not as risky as it may seem to others.
The situation is similar to a game of poker, where the top players in the game are mostly able to call bluffs and take huge risks, which they know are actually opportunities to win big.
Most Successful Entrepreneurs are Also
Excellent in Money Management.
If you are exceptional in money management, you can even make risk-taking seem like a manageable expense, which is precisely what the top entrepreneurs are all good at. They can manage funds so well that even the risks they take are basically calculated expenses with a high chance of ROI.
What If a Risk Does Not Pay Out?
There is also no guarantee that the card you just played will be the winning card, and some risks may actually end up ruining the very business you worked so hard to set up. However, that ability to calculate the risks and take the right ones is precisely what separates the few successful business owners that do make it out of the bull pit every year, while most don’t.
Take small risks at first, which would make them manageable, rather than big ones, which also come with big repercussions.
It is important to understand that there is a significant difference between a reckless businessman and an intelligent risk-taker. The former jumps at the first chance of a risk vs benefit proposition, while the latter only considers it at first. A calculating risktaker waits till he/she is able to find something where the risk vs. benefit scenario actually makes sense and truly believes that the idea has a solid chance at succeeding, in spite of the risks.