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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
By Katharine C. Giovanni
Last edited: Friday, October 29, 2010
Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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Take the chance to start your business or to invest in an opportunityÖ or to not do it. Just take the chance. Life is about taking chances. You can have everything youíve ever dreamed of! All you have to do is take the chance.

Taking chances.

That seems to be the theme of the week.

Taking chances …

Taking the chance that hiring you will be the perfect solution.
Taking the chance that investing in your company will be a wise investment.
Taking the chance that starting up a company of your own will bring you prosperity.
Taking a chance when the world is telling you the opposite.

This reminds me of an old story my father told me when I was a child …

Years ago my father worked for a bank in New York City and was approached by someone who offered him some stock in a brand new young company. He immediately went to his father and asked him if he thought the investment was wise. My grandfather took one look at the company and told my father that a restaurant who offers only one food choice would never fly and advised him to not invest in a company that had no future. No one would eat there because people wanted choices. The market wouldn’t support it. So Dad took his father’s advice and never invested in the company.

Would you like to know the company name?

Kentucky Fried Chicken.


My father kicked himself over that for years.

Taking chances.

Yes, there’s a risk. There’s ALWAYS a risk!  I won’t argue that point with you. Life’s a risk.

Not doing it is also a risk.

So what to do?

Take a deep breath and trust what your intuition is telling you. My father’s intuition told him to invest, and he let his brain (and my grandfather) talk him out of something his intuition was guiding him to do.


I’ve told dozens and dozens of clients that the key to business is intuition and persistence. Trusting your intuition to guide you in the right direction, and persistence to KEEP GOING!


If you wish to be successful then I would certainly take a hard look at your business, your services, your market, your fee structure and your sales strategy. However, I would also take a look at what you’re thinking.

How you are talking to yourself? If you keep saying things like “I will be successful” or “I will get that investor to invest”  then you will be left willing and your success will remain in the future.

Turn your thoughts into the present tense. I AM successful!  I have plenty of clients!!!  I have plenty of investors!

If you had $100,000 in the bank right now … what would you be thinking? How would you be conducting your life?  Your business?  Why wait?  Think that way now.

I am not suggesting that you go out and buy a fancy sports car and a million dollar mansion on credit. I am merely pointing out that you should THINK that you can do these things if you want to.

THINK prosperous and you will BE prosperous because if you change the inside, then your world will change on the outside.

Ok, let me say that one again … this time in a bold font …

Change the inside and you will change the outside.

Take a chance!

Take a chance to live your passion!

What have you got to lose?

Money?  You can always get more of that.

Time?  Every morning you’re given 24 brand new hours to work with and there’s more where that came from. Every sunrise is your chance to start over and make a new choice.

People?  People come and go in your life like the tide. Some are meant to be there forever, and some are there to teach you something (or for you to teach them) and then it’s time for them to leave. Your real friends will always stand by your side no matter what.

A place?  You can always get a new place just like you can always buy new things.

So I’ll ask you again. What have you got to lose?

Take the chance.

Take the chance to do it … or to not do it. Just take the chance.

Life is about taking chances. You can have everything you’ve ever dreamed of!  All you have to do is take the chance.

As they say … nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Copyright © 2005-2010 by Katharine C. Giovanni

About the Author: Katharine Giovanni is an international Concierge Training Expert, Award Winning Author and consultant, Certified Concierge Specialist (CCS) and Speaker. She is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of ICLMA - The International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association as well as President and co-founder of Triangle Concierge, Inc. Katharine can be reached via her website at





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