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Some people in life know exactly what they want to achieve. This is a book for the rest of us. - Victoria Labalme If you sense there's something more but you're not yet sure what it is... If you wish you had the courage to try something new... If you're struggling to figure out your next steps on a project, plan or path... Risk Forward will help you find your way. In this brief Some people in life know exactly what they want to achieve. This is a book for the rest of us. - Victoria Labalme If you sense there's something more but you're not yet sure what it is... If you wish you had the courage to try something new... If you're struggling to figure out your next steps on a project, plan or path... Risk Forward will help you find your way. In this brief, easy-to-read, full color book experience, acclaimed keynote speaker and performance coach Victoria Labalme shares a series of strategies that are practical, reassuring, and radically freeing. Through these uniquely designed, whimsical, and thought-provoking pages, you'll learn: - How to navigate through uncertainty - The #1 question to identify what matters - Four insights to help you find your way - Why your disparate talents are essential to your path - How to handle moments of indecision - 3 key questions to ask when you get advice - How to stay on course and know that what you do makes a difference


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Some people in life know exactly what they want to achieve. This is a book for the rest of us. - Victoria Labalme If you sense there's something more but you're not yet sure what it is... If you wish you had the courage to try something new... If you're struggling to figure out your next steps on a project, plan or path... Risk Forward will help you find your way. In this brief Some people in life know exactly what they want to achieve. This is a book for the rest of us. - Victoria Labalme If you sense there's something more but you're not yet sure what it is... If you wish you had the courage to try something new... If you're struggling to figure out your next steps on a project, plan or path... Risk Forward will help you find your way. In this brief, easy-to-read, full color book experience, acclaimed keynote speaker and performance coach Victoria Labalme shares a series of strategies that are practical, reassuring, and radically freeing. Through these uniquely designed, whimsical, and thought-provoking pages, you'll learn: - How to navigate through uncertainty - The #1 question to identify what matters - Four insights to help you find your way - Why your disparate talents are essential to your path - How to handle moments of indecision - 3 key questions to ask when you get advice - How to stay on course and know that what you do makes a difference

30 review for Risk Forward: Embrace the Unknown and Unlock Your Hidden Genius

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott Joy

    Quick Read, Beautifully Expressed Ideas, Everyday Impact Some people light up the world. Victoria Labalme is one of those people. Risk Forward is practicable, heartening, relatable, soul-stirring, and fun. True stories illustrate how we find and make our path, learning as we grow, wherever we are in life. After completing a career in business technology, I’m exploring artistic and philanthropic pursuits, and I’m grateful for this friendly companion guide. I read through it in one sitting. Instead Quick Read, Beautifully Expressed Ideas, Everyday Impact Some people light up the world. Victoria Labalme is one of those people. Risk Forward is practicable, heartening, relatable, soul-stirring, and fun. True stories illustrate how we find and make our path, learning as we grow, wherever we are in life. After completing a career in business technology, I’m exploring artistic and philanthropic pursuits, and I’m grateful for this friendly companion guide. I read through it in one sitting. Instead of retreating to the crowded shelves, this book will live on my coffee table, where I’ll enjoy revisiting short sections at random whenever I need a booster. I’m eager to share Risk Forward with people I love. They deserve it, and so do you!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky L Long

    Audiobook. Read by the author. Delightful read. Super short. I don't normally use a credit for books of this length, but the author is a delight to listen to. Honestly I only bought it based on high recommendation from Susan Pierce Thompson, one of my fave authors. If you're debating between physical book and audio I would probably recommend physical book. If you can't justify a credit for a listen if this length, the information to be gleaned is very similar to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book Cr Audiobook. Read by the author. Delightful read. Super short. I don't normally use a credit for books of this length, but the author is a delight to listen to. Honestly I only bought it based on high recommendation from Susan Pierce Thompson, one of my fave authors. If you're debating between physical book and audio I would probably recommend physical book. If you can't justify a credit for a listen if this length, the information to be gleaned is very similar to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book Creativity or even So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport. Depends how you want the material presented. The author really only has her personal experience as a basis for her advice, which isn't bad, whereas the other 2 books mentioned have in depth research into numerous people and professions. Again all a matter of perspective. Should you choose to read this book you will not be disappointed, no matter which format you pick up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Layla Johnson

    Genuinely the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to waste money on. Let me start out my saying this: my mother and I bought this book because she knew Victoria when the two of them were at school in together. Victoria bullied my mom and tried to steal her boyfriend (true story). Anyway, this book proves that Victoria has not become a better or smarter person in any way since high school. I have so much to say about how much of an offensive waste of paper this “book” is, but I will try to Genuinely the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to waste money on. Let me start out my saying this: my mother and I bought this book because she knew Victoria when the two of them were at school in together. Victoria bullied my mom and tried to steal her boyfriend (true story). Anyway, this book proves that Victoria has not become a better or smarter person in any way since high school. I have so much to say about how much of an offensive waste of paper this “book” is, but I will try to keep it short. There is nothing of value in this book. The purpose of it appears to be to validate rich white ladies who do nothing all day and want a book to tell them that spending all day sitting on their privileged asses is acceptable. The book tells you not to change, not to accept anyone’s feedback, and not to really have any aspirations or do anything of value for yourself, others, or the world in general. The graphics in this book — which are literally just characters comprised of simple shapes that I could probably have drawn at age two — make up the majority of the otherwise sparsely worded pages. I mean, really, the most words that exist between the pages of Risk Forward come from the speech bubbles of the little robot characters who mainly say “yeah!” and “don’t follow that crimson star” (whatever the hell that means, because miss Victoria made the star purple). I’m shocked that this is getting good reviews. All Victoria does throughout the book is brag and name drop (no one cares that Marcel Marceau praised your mime work, and no one cares you played a sexy waitress on Sex and The City). If this is a case of the emperors new clothes, I’m saying the emperor is naked. Victoria has nothing good to say here. It’s just a way to make her a butt load of cash while tricking her fellow air headed privileged white women. Anyone who gave this a good review needs to wake up and read a real book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    This book is shockingly bad. It is extremely privileged and entitled. The ideas are basic, overused, redundant, and sometimes don’t even make sense. The entire book the author assumes that people have the means to “risk forward” and try different things. She says that this book is for creative people, but it’s really just for privileged white people who want someone to tell them they’re doing everything right. Victoria spends 161 half empty pages either talking about herself and shamelessly name This book is shockingly bad. It is extremely privileged and entitled. The ideas are basic, overused, redundant, and sometimes don’t even make sense. The entire book the author assumes that people have the means to “risk forward” and try different things. She says that this book is for creative people, but it’s really just for privileged white people who want someone to tell them they’re doing everything right. Victoria spends 161 half empty pages either talking about herself and shamelessly name dropping celebrities or telling you that you’re doing everything right and shouldn’t take advice from anyone. Don’t buy this book. I’d give it 0 stars if I could.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Welch

    I think I read this at a perfect time for me. Definitely some good food for thought. There is some unconventional advice given that I think is good to reflect on especially as we come out of a year of pandemic living. The book is scattered at times, but there is much to pull out of it to use when you need it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wesley

    I thought the premise of the book was great. Brought up great ideas for living your own life and enjoying the wold around you while not staying in other people's boxes. Some people need to hear this, but also sounds like a rehash of lots of self help and happiness books. A bit more simplified. Smooth and enjoyable. I thought the premise of the book was great. Brought up great ideas for living your own life and enjoying the wold around you while not staying in other people's boxes. Some people need to hear this, but also sounds like a rehash of lots of self help and happiness books. A bit more simplified. Smooth and enjoyable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Demitria Teague

    Yaaas! A Must Read for Creatives and Otherwise! This is exactly what I needed in my life and I found it at the perfect time. I am transitioning from a nine-to-five job to entrepreneurship and it gave me the umph I needed. To just be me, trust my creative instincts, make mistakes, learn... And it's ok to mess up, veer of course on purpose, and to never feel like I'm broken because I don't follow the supposed 'right way' of doing things. Yaaas! A Must Read for Creatives and Otherwise! This is exactly what I needed in my life and I found it at the perfect time. I am transitioning from a nine-to-five job to entrepreneurship and it gave me the umph I needed. To just be me, trust my creative instincts, make mistakes, learn... And it's ok to mess up, veer of course on purpose, and to never feel like I'm broken because I don't follow the supposed 'right way' of doing things.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    A TREASURE! This book is not just read it’s experienced. One to go back to again and again. It is pure inspiration that comes from your own current within.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I really wanted this book to be better. It’s a fast read with lots of graphics and white space. The insights about how to take your time in deciding what path to take in your career were helpful. I particularly liked the part where she encouraged readers to revisit moments from their life where they feel alive and the section where she shares what her mom called her life’s work was sweet. The book has little blurbs asking you to go online for more resources. That was rather annoying. I didn’t wa I really wanted this book to be better. It’s a fast read with lots of graphics and white space. The insights about how to take your time in deciding what path to take in your career were helpful. I particularly liked the part where she encouraged readers to revisit moments from their life where they feel alive and the section where she shares what her mom called her life’s work was sweet. The book has little blurbs asking you to go online for more resources. That was rather annoying. I didn’t want to go to her website to find out how to apply the principles she was teaching — that’s why I bought the book! This book could have been an ebook - then all the parts she tells you to see and download from her site could have been included. Overall this was a disappointment to me. I think the colored sections in the book were well designed, but I don’t buy a book for that...I’m looking for impact and this book didn’t make much of an impact for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ross Donaldson

    Victoria Labalme's Risk Forward is at once simple/accessible and immensely/intensely profound. I recommend this book to anyone, period. I don't think there is a particular demographic for whom it is best suited...because I believe it to be suited for all humans, and probably other species as well. He is poetic, yet practical. She has a long story arc, but can be read, and may at times prefer to be read, in any order you choose. Risk Forward is a steadfast companion, ready whenever you are but re Victoria Labalme's Risk Forward is at once simple/accessible and immensely/intensely profound. I recommend this book to anyone, period. I don't think there is a particular demographic for whom it is best suited...because I believe it to be suited for all humans, and probably other species as well. He is poetic, yet practical. She has a long story arc, but can be read, and may at times prefer to be read, in any order you choose. Risk Forward is a steadfast companion, ready whenever you are but respectful of your need for space. In the author's own words, "Consider this book a touchstone for your soul--and a playbook in the improvisation of your work and life."
 Take a chance on her. I can promise you won't regret it. I felt the need to purchase 3 copies - audiobook, ebook, and hard copy - all for me! Lol.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer England

    I love the feel and look of this book. It was mentioned by someone that this can be used like an oracle. I believe this wholeheartedly. Have a question, just pick the book up and stop where it may. It's colorful, full of meaning with very little said. I get it. Will be keeping on my little table for easy access. Take the time to watch Victoria's videos. And the book is interactive. You can go online and enhance your reading experience. And I love the little characters. I love the feel and look of this book. It was mentioned by someone that this can be used like an oracle. I believe this wholeheartedly. Have a question, just pick the book up and stop where it may. It's colorful, full of meaning with very little said. I get it. Will be keeping on my little table for easy access. Take the time to watch Victoria's videos. And the book is interactive. You can go online and enhance your reading experience. And I love the little characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    julie quin

    Disappointing I was looking forward to reading this but definitely a let down. Online resources mentioned are not available yet. Some of the 162 pages only had a small cartoon of a person. This is more of an information leaflet with name dropping . Has a few random interesting ideas,n othing new to learn. Expensive price for such a short book. I do read quickly but even taking notes it took me around d 40 mins

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Risk Forward by Victoria Labalme should be in every entrepreneur’s library. The book helps the reader out of “The Fog” and down a path to their hidden genius. With thought jolting ideas such as, “At the edge of not knowing is the beginning of the extraordinary” and “Trust the idea that can lead to the idea”. Ms. Labalme creates an environment that assists one to perform at their highest, best level. Buy it. Read it. Study it. Implement it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jorė

    a beautiful short book for those who don’t see their lives as straight paths with clear directions. Who feel, as the author says “does everyone else have a map to life? Where I was the day they gave out the maps?”. No big revelations, just a calming eveing read reminding that it’s ok not to have everything figured out. That’s how adventures are, uncertain and foggy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Harlene Michaels

    Serendipitous Find This book was bought by mistake, when I thought I was downloading something I already owned. Decided to take a quick look before demanding a refund, and read the whole thing. Finally a book on achievement that doesn't say what I should do, but how to trust myself and the process. Amazing! Love serendipity! Serendipitous Find This book was bought by mistake, when I thought I was downloading something I already owned. Decided to take a quick look before demanding a refund, and read the whole thing. Finally a book on achievement that doesn't say what I should do, but how to trust myself and the process. Amazing! Love serendipity!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a cute little read if you're looking for some peppy bromides about tapping into creativity and finding your inner artist, etc., but unless you specifically want something you can skim through in about an hour, there are probably more impactful/insightful books on the subject. This is a cute little read if you're looking for some peppy bromides about tapping into creativity and finding your inner artist, etc., but unless you specifically want something you can skim through in about an hour, there are probably more impactful/insightful books on the subject.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bea Bezmalinovic

    Cute. Print adaptation of a presentation or training outline. Fun graphics. Nice link to website resources.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Handley

    Takes less than half an hour to read. Doesn’t teach anything. More like an inspirational tiny card deck on a kid’s book. It’s cute and peppy though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josh Burgess

    Short, but some solid advice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele DeKinder-Smith

    Truly excellent; visionary, thought-provoking, well-designed book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hanlon

    A great, reassuring book on creativity that provides a good pep talk and lots of resources.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

  23. 4 out of 5

    France

  24. 5 out of 5

    AKMB

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Joseph

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bacilia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michele Kleven

  28. 5 out of 5

    MarileeNH

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arun

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erik Burnham

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