Taking risks in your career can be terrifying at any age; but the fact remains; it’s better to take risks when you’re young.
However, most young professionals don’t take risks by joining start-ups or establishing their own business because they are afraid of failure.
I have news for you; you’re always going to be afraid to fail and it’s only going to get worse as you get older. Although you think it makes more sense to gain 5 or 10 more years’ experience before you take a big career risk, you will also have much more to lose if you wait.
Think of it this way; if you take a risk and you fail, you have a lot less to lose when you’re younger, and as an effect, can pick up and move on a lot easier. But if you take career risks when you’re older and more established, you could not only jeopardize yourself, but also your family and its many assets, making it much harder to recover.
Although you may not have the experience, connections or self-confidence of a seasoned professional, you shouldn’t let that stop you from taking chances in your career as a young pro. Surround yourself with bright and innovative colleagues, trustworthy mentors and supportive friends and family who will do anything to help you succeed, but will also be there for you if you fail.
Taking risks only gets harder as you get older; so don’t let age play a part in your decision to take one, instead focus more on what you have to lose.
Did/do you take risks as a young pro?