Take A Risk

January 22, 2011 · 36 comments

I felt compelled to write a quick blog post today. And, even though it’s not directly related to authentic Internet marketing, I thought it would be worthwhile to share.

Today was my first ski race. And, for those of you who have been following me on Twitter, you know how excited I was leading up to today and seeing what I could do. Now, I haven’t actually skied in a competivie ski race in over 20 years, but I knew I had to get out there and try it to see how I would do.

I didn’t win. I was close – close enough where I was in the lead for my age class leading up to the second run. However, I was going too fast and pushing a little too hard (no surprise there) and my aggressiveness got the better of me. I took a nasty tumble towards the end (I could see the finish line) and ended up not finishing the run. Although I was not hurt, I was bummed!

But, I realized that in the exercise of pushing myself and taking a big risk trying to go faster than I had thought, I was really seeing what was possible with my limits. It was exhilarating and scary at the same time. It was a risk I felt I wanted to take and glad that I did. Yes, I would have liked to have finished, and maybe even won, but my lesson is learned and it’s prepared me that much more for my next race. And yes, there will be many more races this season and for years to come.

So, the lesson is this – you gotta take a risk. Putting yourself out there whether in life or in business is absolutely essentiual to see what is possible for you to continue to grow. Without risk, we’ll never grow and expand and truly reach whatever that next level is. And for, that is definitely to win my next race. I’m more determined now than ever.

Stay tuned for my ski posts but I look forward to sharing more about authentic Internet marketing and helping you grow your online business to that next BIG level!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

(The view from the bottom of the race course today – was an amazing experience.)

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MariNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I was about to write the same post on my blog on Monday, but I can’t leave your blog without a comment, because I think You are absolutely right. I was sitting in a hockey game tonight and saw men push themselves further and further until there were 3 men on ice playing against 5 men when a whistle was blown to give 2min for one more. I ended up tweeting that every once in a while You need to end up in a penalty box just to be sure that You are trying hard enough. It is like the Italian design company Alessi, which takes note on every design failure they make. If they didn’t realize when they went overboard, they wouldn’t know where the peak performance was. See, the same thing. I really liked the part where You said You needed to push the limit to find out what is possible. Such a great post. Thanks Derek!


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Mari – so well said on many points. You SHOULD write this in your next article as well – such an important message on so many levels. Great to hear about the examples you share and can’t wait to hear more about your successes!


Janice JohnsonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm


Thanks for sharing this experience. So many times I over-analyze and second guess myself. I talk myself out of the risk and often stay stagnate. This is a great reminder of the fact that there is growth in risk! I look forward to celebrating your next ski win. Thanks!


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Janice, I love this quote from you – “growth in risk”. So important and well said. Glad to hear you enjoyed my post!


Diane ConklinNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm

First and foremost, I’m glad you’re ok.

Taking risk seems to most of us just a part of doing business but most of us still hesitate or second guess ourselves from time to time – especially when it comes to risking and really stepping out big.

Way to be a leader and pave the way for the rest of us Derek – and thanks for the reminder.


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks, Diane. I love how you “appreciate taking risk” as part of whatever you do – in business or in life. You’re a leader, too! Oh, and just my shin hurts but other than that I’m fine.


Greg HalpenNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Derek this is GREAT!

I decided this year to raise the bar and risk more. So, I have decided to narrow down my niche even more and attract higher end clients to teach how to build unstoppable confidence when it comes to love and dating! Dating and building a quality business are almost the same machine. There needs to be risk taking in Both love and business building!

So, excellent articles and reminder that I am def on the right track!

The Gay Guy’s Love Coach


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Great to hear, Greg. And, love to hear about the analogy of risk-taking whether it’s dating, business or love. It all is so important. Thanks for contributing and best of luck!


Donna ThomasNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Glad you’re OK, Derek — that’s the main thing! The tricky part is taking the risk without getting hurt! We need a system for that!


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Yes, I’ll be working on that system next! Thanks, Donna!


EricaNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I beleive that this is a great lesson to learn in life and business. We would be so much farther if we just took the risk. Even though we may fall we can still dust ourselves off and try again. Thanks for the blog.


Mary MixonNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

Yes, at my age, I also took a risk of failing at my next display of passion for what I do. Your post on “risk” can be synonymous with “courage”. You have to reach way down deep to muster it up, but it is in all of us. Sometimes it takes a “spill” to conjour up the thrill of knowing one’s self better!


Cathy WagnerNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

Derek, so glad you are fine! The key point for me here wasn’t about the risk that you took. You tried something new…and pushed your growth to the limit….to the point that you fell down and faceplanted in the snow. (I’m taking some poetic license here! You were probably more graceful than that.). You failed. You landed face first. The success comes from your thoughts and actions next. You got back up. You can’t wait for your next race and “are more determined than ever” to win. You will apply the lessons learned from this failure to achieve greater success next time you take a risk and race. That is your true brilliance here. Taking the time to learn the lesson and stepping out again. AND being so pumped up to do it!! This is not spoken of enough Thanks for sharing Derek and for being authentic. I am inspired by you.


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Lorri GreifNo Gravatar January 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hi Derek. You’re such a superstar, really, I’m delighted I’m getting to know you better (I’ve been following Fabienne for so many years). I may sound like a poop, but this is not a great example of risk-taking for me. I understand risk: I was a third market bond trader for 17 years before going into nonprofit work and seven years ago I opened my own consulting practice. Risk is not just doing it because you want to stretch and think you can do it. Risk is weighing the potential. You challenged your skills here but if you had been seriously injured, your whole family’s life would have changed. I know Fabienne can take care of herself and the kids, but you may have changed the future of people who really love you just to see if you could win a skiing competition.


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Hi there, Lori! Love to hear your comments and having a “different” perspective on what I had to share. I hope to see you around here and looking forward to connecting even more…


Louise Roberts BattisonNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 3:41 am

You’re so right. 2011 is a year of risks for me – to take my business right to the top and also personally I’ll be jumping out of a plane for charity in the summer! I’m terrified but just know that it will be worth it for how my perspective will have changed afterwards. Anyway, I so want to go skiing again after reading your post! 😀


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Great to hear, Louise – so glad you got so much out of it!


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SusanNo Gravatar January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hi Derek,
Wonderful post! I have been taking many new risks. Thanks to you and Fabienne, I am taking even more:)

I have been writing what I call Acappella Affirmaitons. Here is one on taking risks: http://susanloughrin.bandcamp.com/track/one-risk-a-day

Thanks for all that you do! Keep on racing!


Derek FredricksonNo Gravatar February 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

Great to hear, Susan – glad my post help inspire you!


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