“If I lived a mousy-brown life — where I did all the things we expect of a “normal” person — I wouldn’t be as successful or as happy as I am today.”
One way to view risk-taking is to see it as opportunity-seizing. I am not a huge risk-taker by nature; so when I started my first business in Beijing 6 years ago, it was with a lot of careful planning and thought. Sometimes I surprise myself, however, when I look back at the “risks” I took. But honestly, at the time, I was viewing the risk through the lens of opportunity…and that has made me step out and do things that I never would’ve thought possible.