Can You Be a Risk-Taker?

How Far are You Willing to Go to be Successful?

Michael Mints
3 min readMar 16, 2022


T.S. Elliot said, “Only those who are willing to risk going too far can find out how far one can go.”

Many people fear and run from risk, settling for what’s easy. They believe it’s easier and more comfortable to sit down in a safe spot and wait.

But this is what distinguishes the doers from the wait-n-see’ers.

While those who wait-n-see are still sleeping and waiting for the best moment to take action, the risk-takers have already stepped up and taken the prize.

Risk takers are far more likely to be successful because they don’t limit themselves.

They’re willing to put in the energy, effort, courage, and action it takes to be successful, while everyone else is playing it safe and waiting for just the right moment.

In their book Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras coined the term BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). It has inspired thousands of successful people since then — people like you.

A true BHAG is a clear and compelling goal or vision that serves as a focal point — often creating immense spirit and passion. It creates a clear finish line, so you know when you have achieved the goal.

Risk-takers love to keep score and win.

They love to cross the finish line first. They love to see how far they can go. Risk takers are bold. They know that taking risks creates courage and confidence. When other people quit, they stick it out until they win.

Risk takers know that success doesn’t fall in your lap.

You have to pursue it; you have to dig for it. In the pursuit and digging, rare opportunities are unearthed that otherwise would’ve never been found had they had waited and played it safe.

Risk takers are fearless; they don’t let a little fear get in the way. They know that fear keeps them from achieving their dreams, goals, and vision for their lives.

Fear keeps you from becoming successful. Risk-takers deal with fear by…