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From Taking Risks for Success to Embracing Surprises

 - Apr 11, 2014
This collection of speeches features a variety of individuals discussing the reasons to take a risk in today's market. There has been no other time in history to experience as much change as the world today, especially when it comes to jobs and people's careers. The increasing use of technology and the Internet has opened up dozens of new markets with jobs that never used to exist before. These speeches aim to help others navigate this new landscape while emphasizing the benefits of taking risks.

Sheryl Sandberg's speech shows how the digital era is transforming traditional power structures and leveling hierarchies. There is so much opportunity to be had and she encourages her audience with the following: "If you're asked to take a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat, just get on."

The talk by Irene Rosenfeld also believes in taking risks in one's career -- especially in young ones. She states that, ""It is a simple fact that you cannot steal second base if your foot is firmly planted on first." It is important to stand out by making yourself heard and doing the tasks that people often don't want to.

Marian Bantjes pushes her audience to take risks in areas they are passionate about, because passion yields higher success rates no matter what the task, project or role.

For many, understanding these reasons to take a risk can be challenging, because comfort is often prioritized. However, in a time where so much is changing, there is no better time than right now to take a chance and to challenge yourself.