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Don’t be afraid to take chances. The most successful people in the world have done so to achieve great things. Look at anyone you know who is successful and I will bet that that person took a chance to get where they are today. They surely weren’t afraid to leave home and get away from their parents and possibly even move to a location across this great land of ours. You have to go where the opportunities are. It doesn’t mean that you have to move a long ways away and never come home again. Right now, there are tremendous opportunities in Williston, North Dakota for just about any occupation you can think of. You just have to take advantage of opportunities like this where ever they present themselves. For one thing, it is important to do this in order to grow up and learn how to get alone on your own and not have others around to make decisions for you, plus making a move like to Williston could make you a great deal of money. But you would need to not be afraid to take a chance to some place a little unfamiliar.

One thing that I have found since I have moved South from the Midwest is that young people in this area of the country seem reluctant to move away from their home areas. I couldn’t believe it one day when I saw in the local newspaper that a very good athlete quit college and came back home to be closer to his relatives. This was a younger person about 20 years old with his whole life ahead of his self. He threw away the chance to meet new people in a different part of our country. It was a chance to learn about other parts of our country and to expand his mind.

I’ll never forget when I was about 30 years old and my children were in school in Michigan. I realized that I wasn’t making enough money to pay for my children’s college education and I was going to have to make some changes in employers and make more money than I currently was making. I had a good job and was very successful at what I was doing, had a lot of friends and we were very happy living where we were at the time near Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, I knew that I would need to take a chance and move to a strange company in a different part of the USA if I was going to have a chance of accomplishing all that I wanted to accomplish. It was involving a move to a new business and away from the comfortable situation that we had. I don’t need to tell you that I was afraid to do this…to gamble the word of a friend from college who I knew. I had set him up with his first date with the girl that he ended up marrying and who incidentally has now been married over 50 years like my wife and I. My neighbor friend convinced me to take the chance and to not be afraid of what I was planning to do… and man did it ever turn out to be one of the best moves we had every made! Throughout my life, I have made a lot of moves like that to take of advantage of opportunities that presented themselves to me and my family. I learned to not be afraid of the unknown and looked forward to the new experiences ahead of me and meeting new people. We have friends now all over the United States.

At the present time, it is tough to find a job and especially in a field that we really want. We may need to try something different at the current time. It is being said now that in our lifetime, we may have to change occupations many times so we better get used to it and roll with the flow. We might even discover an occupation you didn’t know about and find it to be something you really like. For example, after over 50 years in sales and management in the tire industry, I found out that I really like the insurance business. If I wouldn’t have taken a chance, I would never have found that out.

So don’t be afraid to take a chance to meet new people and to live in an area away from your current location. There are many wonderful opportunities out there. You just must not be afraid to make moves to find them out and who knows where just moves might lead. Just don’t be afraid to try something new.


AndersonnewWritten by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at aj@thealbanyjournal.com.

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