You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don’t Take

One of my oldest friends called me this morning. He’s been working in IT for the past 12 years, and he’s been itching to venture out on his own. We’ve talked at length about some of his ideas, and I’ve always encouraged him to give it a shot. But something keeps holding him back, even when I poke holes in his excuses.

After I hung up, I rummaged around and found an article that Jim Kukral wrote in the June 2009 edition of FeedFront Magazine. The article is titled Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago, and it’s a great read. The piece I forwarded to my buddy reads as follows:

Don’t Wait to Try & Get Out of the Cubicle
My favorite quote from a famous peron is this one from Wayne Gretzky. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Here’s what I know now. Of the shots I did take, not all of them panned out. In fact, more have failed than not, but the rest of them scored small to BIG for me, allowing me to be in a position today of owning my own Web business and working for myself.

Take your shot, or stay in the cubicle.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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