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Is Your Business Ready to Flourish Through Creativity and Innovation? Then Risk More...

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Former professional basketball player and entrepreneur Michael Jordan shares, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots and lost almost 300 games. I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot 26 times and I've missed. I've failed over and over in my life, and that is why I succeed."

When was the last time you took a risk? Creativity, innovation and success are fueled by failure and disappointment. If you believe in yourself and your endeavors with all your heart and soul -- keep going.

Below are a few brave souls who dared to risk:

» Milton Hershey started three unsuccessful companies before Hershey's Chocolate.

» Jordan was told he was too short to play on his high school varsity basketball team.

» The Beatles were originally rejected by Decca Records, which said "we don't like their sound" and "they have no future in show business."

» At age 30, Apple's Board of Directors decided to take the business in a different direction, and Steve Jobs was fired from the company he created. Not only did Jobs go back to his former company, but he changed the market in an astounding way. Jobs claimed that his career success and his strong relationship with his family were both results of his termination from Apple.

Do you have ideas but are terrified to bring them to life?

Ze Frank, a humorist and web artist who in many ways defines the genre of online comedy through continued innovation, says,

I run out of ideas every day! Each day I live in mortal fear that I've used up the last idea that'll ever come to me. If you don't wanna run out of ideas, the best thing to do is not to execute them. You can tell yourself that you don't have the time or resources to do 'em right. Then they stay around in your head like brain crack. No matter how bad things get, at least you have those good ideas that you'll get to later.

When you cling to those brilliant ideas rattling around in your head, sometimes for years, yet do nothing, it affects the quality of your life. What? Yes, the quality of your life. How? Anytime you are capable of doing something worthwhile and meaningful, as in using your talents and intelligence, and you don't; you carry an unspoken burden and your self-esteem suffers.

But you say, "I have an image to uphold -- I'll lose respect." Or you're afraid you'll have to face your fears of failure, critics and/or not being liked. You like your comfort zone. Why head for the unknown and risk failure? So ideas lie dormant inside of you, conveniently labeled "someday."

It's easier to coast along than take on the challenge of finding out what you're capable of. And the thought of "taking a risk" is put into "someday."

You and I both know that the land of "someday" does not exist. So be bold, be brave and be willing to bring forth your ideas into the light of day. Then be willing to fail and pay close attention to your mistakes in order to effectively learn what will succeed.

Yes, you will rock the boat and disturb the status quo as you venture into new territory. But if you feel the call and you don't move with it, you will regret what might have been for the rest of your life.

So begin, endure and complete. Design your own road. The world will thank you.