Take A Shot! 5 Things You Should Chance It On

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By Jene Luciani for Shape.com

While base jumpers have no problem putting their lives on the line to leap off of (super high) cliffs, many of us think asking out a cute stranger is too big of a risk. But attempting to protect ourselves from possible rejection, embarrassment or whatever we fear can also make for a boring, unsatisfying life. Maybe a little gambling is all you need to turn a yawner lifestyle into a fun, fulfilling one.

Now’s the time to place your bets, says Jake Steinfeld, creator of the Body by Jake line of fitness equipment, and author of Take a Shot! A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship, and a Really Crazy Adventure (Hay House, 2012). One of his biggest risks -- creating Major League Lacrosse during the ‘90s when most professional sports leagues were fledgling -- paid off: The MLL is now in its 12th season. The trainer believes there are many ways everyone can take chances -- small or big -- every day to improve their lives and be happier, less stressed and maybe even a few pounds lighter. Start with these five wagers and be ready to cash in.

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