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What's the biggest risk you have ever taken?

Old 08-07-19, 04:12 PM
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Probaby the riskiest thing I've ever done is Bungee jumping in South Africa, but just visiting Africa was a big risk in itself (health, political unrest, personal safety, and all that).
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Old 08-07-19, 05:40 PM
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Quit a job at a company I had been at for close to 2 decades with no other job directly lined up. Best decision I've ever made.
I did something similar. I quit a job I hated. I had been there for over 39 years. I had $125,000 in my 401K and decided to stretch that for five years until I can collect Social Security. I have two years left. After taxes, I receive a check for about $21,000 each January. I have to pay for ObamaCare out of that since I no longer have my insurance from work. I live on a tight budget but it beats going to a job every morning at 4:00 am and being miserable all the time.
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Adopting a girl from China in 2006.. Best move my wife and I ever made. Amazing kid.
I wanted to adopt a 17 year old Japanese girl but my wife said no.
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Old 08-07-19, 05:46 PM
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Three years after my divorce, I took a year's leave of absence from my job and moved halfway around the world to Taiwan (where I didn't speak the language and didn't know a soul) to teach English. When I came home, I quit my job before starting back and moved to Japan, where I stayed another year and a half.

Best. Decision(s). Ever.
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Old 08-07-19, 05:56 PM
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I wanted to adopt a 17 year old Japanese girl but my wife said no.
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Old 08-07-19, 06:26 PM
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Taking the lump sum.
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Old 08-07-19, 06:33 PM
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Probably riding mopeds in Bermuda. They know you're a tourist and ride about 10' behind you honking their horn the whole time. The box trucks were the worst.
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Old 08-07-19, 08:18 PM
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Hmmm, probably joining the Army back in the day.

And getting married, twice!
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Old 08-07-19, 08:57 PM
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Ended up with a goat, didn't you?
I know what you're implying, and I don't care for the accusation.
Spoiler:
It was delicious.


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Hmmm, probably joining the Army back in the day.

And getting married, twice!
As you don't live in Utah, that is a big risk!
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Old 08-07-19, 09:27 PM
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Biggest financial risk I ever took was moving from NY to FL with no job. Biggest physical risk I ever took was probably soloing in an airplane for the first time.
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Quitting my job to be my mom's caregiver when she needed hospice care. I've done lots of moves before and since--some with no job lined up, just having faith that I have a skill set where I can find work quickly. Quitting my job to take care of my mom, though, meant leaving my teenage son to take care of himself for several weeks and trusting that he wouldn't zoom out of control. His older sister was living in the home, too, but not officially "in charge." Son made it to school and didn't get in trouble while I was gone. Found work quickly later (after taking a few months off to emotionally recover) so mortgage continued to be paid, son pulled through without any changes, and mom got cared for at end of life--so it all worked out.
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Incredible, thank you for sharing. Glad it all worked out.
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Old 08-08-19, 12:27 AM
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Left a decent but unchallenging job to join up with a new hour-long daytime talk show that wasnít even on the air yet. And Iíd barely even WATCHED shows like it but I had the technical, production and directing background they wanted. Took a pay cut and there was a possibility that if it didnít work it would be cancelled outright.

Cut to almost 12 years later and the show is doing fantastic, was extended by a half an hour and Iím now the boss of the whole thing.

Also the company I left went under about 2 years after I quit.
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Old 08-08-19, 12:51 AM
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We gots some might brave DVDTalkers chiming in. I'm a pretty risk-averse personality and would've never attempted to try any of the half-crazy stunts most of you pulled. Cheating Murphy out of his unlawful outcomes. These days, I find it a risky enough venture pushing out a fart and hoping it doesn't run wet.
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Old 08-08-19, 01:25 AM
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Leaving my comfortable (but under-appreciated) position at a small pediatric group in Vegas and taking out a BIG loan to build out my own office and open a solo practice with my wife 11 years ago - - just before the recession of 2008. Walking away from a steady nice paycheck and taking on all that risk, debt and uncertainty to make it on my own. Must have been my midlife crisis.
Thanks to a LOT of hard work, hustle and dedication, the loyalty of some of my patients who followed and found me out, and a HUGE assist from my amazing wife who handles all the business stuff I suck at, I am thriving - - my practice, though still tiny is doing well, I am a department chair of my hospital and was just selected a Top Doc by Vegas Magazine. It was a scary, terrifying leap but it has paid off big time.
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Old 08-08-19, 06:40 AM
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I wanted to adopt a 17 year old Japanese girl but my wife said no.
You could just adopt a 30-year old Japanese woman, like Tim Allen did on Last Man Standing.
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Old 08-08-19, 07:05 AM
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I'd met a woman at a tech forum I was a moderator at, she had virus problems and I'd helped her with it. She had her pic as her avatar and I became enfatuated with her looks. We started talking, moved to email, then phone. Then we decided we wanted to meet in person. I drove from NE Ohio to central Arkansas to meet her. Biggest risk I'd ever taken, best payoff ever. We've been happily married now for 12+ years (been together for 14).
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I'd met a woman at a tech forum I was a moderator at, she had virus problems and I'd helped her with it. She had her pic as her avatar and I became enfatuated with her looks. We started talking, moved to email, then phone. Then we decided we wanted to meet in person. I drove from NE Ohio to central Arkansas to meet her. Biggest risk I'd ever taken, best payoff ever. We've been happily married now for 12+ years (been together for 14).
risky marrying someone with virus problems.
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Old 08-08-19, 08:19 AM
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I guess it will be changing careers in my early 30's. Quitting a full time job, going back to school for a year and looking for a job.
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Biggest risks that I took, which tested my fear endurance, was going up the Macau tower 2 years ago and walking the ledge. I was heavily fitted with harnesses, but it was still scary.

I also went up the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada and also did the edge walk last year. Scary hanging off the side off the building, but it was a huge rush.

My friends and colleagues thought I was fucking insane for doing those tasks.


This is an example of what the Toronto CN Tower Edge Walk is




and this is an example of what the Macau Tower walk is:


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Balls right there D. That's my one thing I can never muster doing - anything to do with heights in that manner.
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Give me tiger sharks over that shit any day...
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Old 08-08-19, 03:15 PM
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I'm pretty boring. I've never done anything like quit a good job, or join the army, or have kids, or go into debt.
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Old 08-08-19, 04:11 PM
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Moved to the US from England by myself when I was 25. Great decision.
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Old 08-08-19, 04:22 PM
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Biggest risks that I took, which tested my fear endurance, was going up the Macau tower 2 years ago and walking the ledge. I was heavily fitted with harnesses, but it was still scary.

I also went up the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada and also did the edge walk last year. Scary hanging off the side off the building, but it was a huge rush.

My friends and colleagues thought I was fucking insane for doing those tasks.


This is an example of what the Toronto CN Tower Edge Walk is




and this is an example of what the Macau Tower walk is:

Not only insane, but getting into stupid territory. Some males just make too much testosterone naturally, I guess.
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