Many women business owners are hesitant when it comes to taking risks. It may be because of the common upbringing most girls get or because of familial commitments; whatever the reasons may be, most people agree that compared to men women are not much of risk-takers. However, some women who have taken chances and succeeded share their success stories.


Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience believes that the way people view risk-taking is very negative. She states that most women, who have seen immense success, have been risk-takers. She further says that taking risks has enabled her to learn and succeed in life.


Tamara Abdel-Jaber, CEO of the tech company Palma, she is one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab region. Sharing her personal experience, she reveals that coming from a place where there is acute shortage of most resources, she didn’t get many opportunities. Yet, she never gave up on her education and took risks at every step to achieve all that she has.


Heather Rabbatts, the first female director of the Football Association, believes one only, learns when taking risks. She reveals that she has often been told by people that she is being unreasonable, but this did not stop her and she continued her journey.


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Pamela Barnes, President and CEO, EngenderHealth keels that leaving one’s comfort zone when running a business is very important since a familiar environment cannot provide you new challenges. She adds, “Until we are willing to put ourselves out there and take a risk, we will never be able to achieve professional success and realize our potential.”


Arianna Huffington, the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, reveals that the fear of failure is the biggest roadblock in achieving success. She adds that women tend to get more sensitive about failing but they should always remember that failure is the stepping stone to success.


Jeanne Kucey, CEO JetStream Federal Credit Union says that as important as it is to take risks, one should be fully prepared for the possible fall-out. She adds, “While I’m definitely a risk taker, at the same time, I do my homework and understand the importance of implementation and follow through.”


ORIGINAL SOURCE: Huffington Post