JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: If You Don't Take Some Risks...It's Hard to Get the Rewards

If You Don't Take Some Risks...It's Hard to Get the Rewards

Columbia, SC Real Estate


 I don't know a single person that has started any business with failing as a large part of their plan. In fact, everyone who has ever started any business has planned the exact opposite. They have planned to succeed and most of them started out with the hopes that they and their business would be wildly successful.

 Unfortunately not all of them are and in the greater scheme of things you are more likely to fall flat on your face than you are to become the next great success story. However, if you fear laying it on the line and throwing all your chips on the table, then chances are you'll never see that wild success that you dream of. At some point you will have to truly take a leap of faith and stop holding back. You have to admire the all or nothing people that have no fear of throwing away the training wheels and running headfirst into the fight.

Columbia, SC Real Estate


 Some of the most successful people I have ever known were also some of the largest risk takers I had ever met. In no way, shape, or form do I believe this was by coincidence. If you want to be successful in this life you have to be willing to take the risks that will help you get to where you want to be. Those who create great success usually only do so because they were willing to risk a great failure in the process.

 Not everything you try will work out for you, but chances are you will never know what would or would not work until you are willing to try. Yes, you could fall flat on your face, but you did that much more than you remember when you were learning to walk. You could fall flat, or you could achieve something great, but until you are willing to take the risk, you will never know. And isn't the curiosity killing you?



JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJL Boney, III • February 24 2010 09:46PM


JL, Dr. Denis Waitley likens entrepreneurial risk to the Great Barrier Reef...it's dangerous but vibrant with life and beauty. The fish will go there because that's where alllll the good food is . . . :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) almost 9 years ago

Hi JL,

This is a great post, you are so right.  Success doesn't come to those who don't take risks!


Tom Davis

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) almost 9 years ago

Hi JL-

Actually, it's my feet that are killing me, but as soon as I have these Buyers under contract for their dream home, I'm going to have more time to think!  I do believe that if I could get control of my business, I could really do more.  I've always been a risk-taker.  Sometimes I'm taking a tiny break from the free-fall; but  I'm still aspiring!


Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) almost 9 years ago

JL, without taking risks then one is left wondering about what could have been (mental torture for me). I think of of those little failures as learning steps to greater things.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) almost 9 years ago

Lots of good points everyone should consider. Sometimes you just have to go for it! Thanks for the post.

Posted by Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR, Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise (The Keyes Company Realtors) almost 9 years ago

JL...many of those very successful people failed more than once, but learned from their mistakes.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 9 years ago

JL ---- you are right on with this post -- Boyd & I are risk takers -- I agree that this is the only way to get ahead.
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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 9 years ago

JL - Also, so many successful people failed at the first several attempts at businesses.  Just keep getting up, brush off the mess and move on!

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate almost 9 years ago

I completely agree. Im not a huge risk taker, but I think you have to take risks in order to really succeed sometimes.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 9 years ago

JL-  Failure is a part of growing.  "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." Albert Einstein  We can only succeed if we try!

Posted by Jen Olson (First Weber Group Realtors) almost 9 years ago

JL - It's amazing how many people that we now deem successful/legends who took risks time and again ... and failed quite often.  Failure, as long as your trying, really trying, is good for the soul ... in my book.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 9 years ago

I am the risk taker in my house and a lot of times it pays off!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 9 years ago