R-I-S-K. A four-letter word many are terrified of. While taking risks is thought of by many as unwise and dangerous, playing your hand too carefully can also hurt you in the long run as risk-taking is quite essential to success. When you take risks, you uncover great, unforeseen possibilities and also develop your confidence, determination and individuality. Risk taking also broadens your horizons, and may lead you to a new path toward success. So don’t be overcome by your fear of risk and failure. Arm yourself by doing the necessary prep work, educate yourself on the actual risk and rewards and leave your comfort zone. Take more calculated risks!