Author: Michelle Tillis Lederman

Michelle Tillis Lederman, one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of four books including the internationally known, The 11 Laws of Likability, and her latest The Connectors Advantage. Michelle is a connection creator and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs for fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients. A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Michelle is a regular in the media appearing on NBC, CBS, Fox, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNBC, and others. Michelle is known for helping people work better together and advance their individual impact.

I admit it, I am risk averse, at least with my finances. Those who know me would say the opposite in most other aspects of my list. I have jumped out of a plane (proof in photo!), swam with sharks and entrepreneurship is certainly risky. How do you know when this risk is smart? My answer, when you are clear on why you are doing it. Some risks are worth taking. Risk begets reward, enables progress and also put us outside of our comfort zone. I usually listen to my gut when deciding about risk. That may be the intuitor…

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