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7 Big Financial Risks That Paid Off

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For the risk-averse, raiding your savings account or taking out a big loan to start a business or make a career change might seem like a fool’s game. A bird in hand, you know.

But, in the words of Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, "Never was anything great achieved without danger." So opportunity sometimes demands calculated risks in pursuit of your dreams, whether they be buying a lavish home, retiring early, giving generously to charity or family, or taking charge of your work environment.

If you’ve got a business idea or a professional passion to pursue, find inspiration from these seven entrepreneurs who put their financial well-being on the line in hopes of achieving even greater riches. Talk about going for broke. Take a look.

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