"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." ~James Bryant Conant
"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in
finding themselves." ~André Gide
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Taking a risk doesn't have to be something big like jumping out of an airplane or bungee jumping. It can be something small...like trying something different with your photography. Anything that gets you out of your comfort zone counts.
I experimented today at the beach...I purposely took pictures that were blown out (the top photos). I set my ISO to 3200 and my f/stop was f/4.0 and my shutter speed was 1/4000 sec. Then in Photoshop Elements I played around a bit to bring some of the color back in. I wouldn't want to do all my pictures this way, but I kind of liked the way these turned out. It was fun!
Have fun...take a risk...put yourself out there...give it a try...don't worry about failing...go for it!