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January 15, 2010

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Adrian Rivers

I have been thinking about this "risk" and "growth" stuff for a while and have reached the same conclusions. There is a danger that we develop a culture that says small firms "ought" to grow, that leaders "should" take risks, that we "must" exude confidence.

But when small business owners take risk and go for growth they are not just taking risks with their own investment of time and money, but with the livelihoods of their staff and their families. Taking the risk of going for growth should be a deliberate and considered decision.

I have written about this in my blogs "Why Grow" http://www.rivcomservices.com/2009/12/why-grow/ and "Confidence, Optimism and Passion" http://www.rivcomservices.com/2010/01/confidence-optimism-and-passion/

Neale

The myth of unbridled risk taking is deep rooted in our culture.

How would you go about dispelling this myth?

While this economy may force some people to get over the hurdle presented by this myth, I doubt many people would make the move otherwise.

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