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take a risk

To try to do something for which there is a high probability of a negative or unfortunate outcome. I'm taking a real risk hiring this guy, so you had better be right about him. You're never going to find real success unless you're willing to take a risk now and then.
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He recognized that the city has spend in the property and taken risks, and added he too has taken risks to develop the project dubbed The Landing at Russellville all because of a belief shared by himself and city officials that the project can be successful.
David Jordan, director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: "Tragically people die because they've taken risks and attempted to drive through flood water just to save a few minutes.
He was very careful and would not have taken risks.
When we interviewed the teams, we discovered that they had been ambitious with their programming and really taken risks," Klein said.
There has never been a successful business which has not taken risks - and risks must sometimes fail.
I have never met a successful business entrepreneur who has not taken risks.
But I've taken risks all my life - I was taking risks before I went into the operating theatre.
Where the founding generation has gone through their halcyon days, taken risks and built a dream, and now they see the business as the nest egg for their retirement, the younger generation is just entering the period in their lives when they see risk the way their parents did 20 or 30 years ago," said Matthews.
Joseph Garner, Director of Research for Emerald, said, "These leaders have taken risks and fueled innovation.
BEFORE we get too wound up about children diving into the Albert Dock let us remember that children have always taken risks.
Can be treated with antibiotics so those who have taken risks should present themselves early at the genito urinary medicine clinic of their local hospital.
Joseph Garner, director of research for Emerald Research, said "These leaders have taken risks and fueled innovation.
We've been making meteoric progress since we purchased AltaVista Forum from Compaq in April and it feels good to be recognized for having taken risks and succeeded.
As the report states, "Marketers are usually not rewarded until they have taken risks, made investments, and delivered more desirable products to consumers.