Have you ever seen the movie Risky Business? It’s the 1983 classic that put actor Tom Cruise on the map. It’s the one that left us, for the next 10 years, with more than one person showing up for the Halloween party dressed in white socks, boxer shorts, a button down shirt and wearing sunglasses – sliding in to one room from another as though no one else had ever done it. It put infinitely more royalty checks for “Old Time Rock and Roll” in to Bob Seger’s pocket.
But Risky Business also gave us the great business and life coach Miles Dalby, a character played by actor Curtis Armstrong. In one unforgettable scene, Miles gives us all the lesson we ever need.
That is true in business as well as life. Sometimes, you just have to say, “You know what? I’m going for it.” The time is never perfect. Certainty is never a guarantee. But to move ahead with no regrets, you have to take a little bit of risk now and then, because at the end of the day it is indeed all risky business. Business is risky.
Here is some more advice from Miles:
- WTF gives you freedom
- Freedom brings opportunity
- Opportunity makes your future
- WTF – if you can’t say it, you can’t do it
So get out there. Take some calculated risks. Don’t jump off a tall building to see if you can fly or test how hard you’ll land. But take a few calculated, smart risks to move forward – because staying put is the biggest risk of all.
Go Ahead – Say It
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