Life is all about taking chances. You never know how things might turn out if you're simply brave enough to try something new. Sure, things might blow up in your face – but if you're lucky, you'll make an amazing new discovery or find that your risk-taking was totally worth it.
The people in this gallery saw their chance and took it. And honestly? It's pretty darn inspirational. Not only were they brave enough to take a risk; their crazy gambles actually paid off. As we enter into the new year, may you be inspired to take your own risks and see what the future has in store for you. Maybe that means picking up a new hobby like woodworking or embroidery. Maybe it's something as simple as trying a new food combo. Whatever it is, the world needs your innovative mind!
Here are a few examples of people who took big risks that totally paid off.
What college actually is like https://t.co/xlRTEfxyR6— Maddie Gibson (@Maddie Gibson)1505922700.0
THIS GUY LITERALLY EMAILED EVERY CLAUDIA AT MISSOURI STATE TO FIND ME ON TINDER https://t.co/x8tQuYmj8Q— Claud (@Claud)1516475985.0
The person behind this vending machine rescue:
This truck driver:
This golfer:I would say that the person standing in front of the golfer is the real risk-taker here. The golfer may have sacrificed their friendship, but they sacrificed their very well-being!
This Jenga genius:
These pumpkin carvers:
I work in an animation studio with some of the best artists I’ve ever met and this is the pumpkin that won our carv… https://t.co/5rgv1hUDSF— lauren (@lauren)1509563688.0
we faked a proposal just to get free dessert https://t.co/T58jHVVBur— ☼ (@☼)1490537323.0
This driver:Man, that is smooth! If I ever tried to be that smooth, I would probably end up tripping over my words. And the gas hose.
This bathing engineer:I suddenly feel the need to figure out which of my favorite snack foods float. This is important. It's science.
This guy on Tinder:
A genuine 10/10 effort from this lad lmaooo I’m crying https://t.co/7wjUJk3HF0— Grace Barrow (@Grace Barrow)1518909150.0
Find yourself a guy who purposely feeds his cows in the shape of a heart just to send to you ❤️ https://t.co/ut2vx3ddkf— Madison Quandt (@Madison Quandt)1517005904.0
This guerilla graffiti artist:
This home chef:
recipe: 2 cloves of garlic me: got it https://t.co/imUsstSnGt— nicole tersigni (@nicole tersigni)1544644501.0
My mom was told to give me a half up half down hairstyle. She didnt know what that meant so she did this.. https://t.co/4WmaJxVqcl— Hanna De €astro (@Hanna De €astro)1497210683.0
This quick-thinking dad:
#WorldBookDay Forgot they had to be in costume, so they're going to school as pages 89 & 165 of the Argos catalogue https://t.co/5JHnHlRbte— joe heenan (@joe heenan)1456993451.0
Next time I step on Lego, I will simply get taller. I'm a bloody genius. http://t.co/0gEoX4wVtw— Nick Harvey (@Nick Harvey)1416429219.0
This child artist:
Your kids are going to do things they shouldn’t. It helps if you married someone with a sense of humour. https://t.co/VVTstejBJO— Eric Massicotte (@Eric Massicotte)1510618079.0
I've convinced our 8-yo that I hate the sound of the vacuum so now she vacuums whenever she's mad at me. #ParentingHack— xannie the nanny (@xannie the nanny)1505065878.0
And this mom:I appreciate the lengths this mom was willing to go to in order to leave whatever event she was at. That is true dedication.
This vacationing dad:
My dad is in Hawaii for travel... https://t.co/6JXecxuIBt— Anderson (@Anderson)1515880445.0
This scamming mom:
My mom is a scammer 😂😂😂 https://t.co/ek8aiY862X— WASERIC (@WASERIC)1480909402.0
This movie snack mom:
Some people sneak candy into the movie theater. My mom sneaks in corn on the cob https://t.co/buISK5eORB— Chino Cochino 🇵🇭 (@Chino Cochino 🇵🇭)1480388927.0
Official campaign to find and knight the girl who used McDonald's wrappers for shoes last night https://t.co/aIvLru4fa0— Martyn (@Martyn)1481973999.0
And this is why I believe I should be the next president of the United States of America. https://t.co/IVHryyBjZ5— skirby (@skirby)1471127988.0