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Take a Risk…

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Change can be scary and so can uncertainty. One thing I have learned is that you should never rule out possible opportunities because you are scared or you don’t know much about it. In the past 3 years, I have lived on my own in Italy, Spain, and South Korea. I have changed jobs, become an Aunt, and moved into a new apartment. Needless to say, there have been a lot of changes for me lately. One of the scariest opportunities came when I was offered to play professional basketball in South Korea, but this also meant going to a whole new world and going on my own.

All of the thoughts and ideas I had in my head about South Korea and being that far away frightened me. But I took a chance and I said yes. Still today, this was one of the best decisions I could have made. Not only did I see a whole new part of the world, but it was amazing. It was nothing like I thought it would be and way more than I ever could have imagined. I learned about a new culture, I saw things I never thought existed and I had an overall awesome experience. I also learned a lot about myself and was forced to adapt in a different world. South Korea was so foreign to me, it was a scary thought but something inside me told me to go for it and I was right. I am not saying taking a crazy risk will always turn out right but there are so many opportunities people pass up because they are unknown or they don’t “seem” like the right fit.

I encourage you to dive deeper, be open minded to new experiences, people, places, careers and opportunities. Look at every opening as a chance to learn, grow and experience new things. Think of career changes as a new way to meet people, a new challenge and a chance to grow yourself. Not everything is as it looks on paper so take a chance to really see what is there.

-Tricia Liston, Drum Associates

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