How do you do this? One way is to encourage risk. Helping people to take risks is one of the hardest things to do. But it is completely do-able.

I have experienced it first hand and many times. Even though I am a risk taker, it’s always scary for me. I have taken risks with my career, building other businesses, moving to new cities and other things. Yes, it is very scary at first, but I believe that without my taking some of these risks, I wouldn’t be where I am today. For example, I was a guidance counselor for 10 years and even though the field of guidance was changing, I still liked it.

One day I was given an opportunity to try organizational consulting. Leave my nice career of guidance and take a risk with a man, in his practice, and work for him and learn a new skill. After one year of learning from him, I left and took the risk of starting my own consulting firm.

Eighteen years later I have developed and maintained a successful consulting firm where I am fortunate to work with clients around the world. If I hadn’t taken that risk to leave guidance, I wouldn’t have experienced all that I had during these past 18 years. Yes, it was scary, but I jumped in and did it. Go for it and encourage others to do the same thing!