7/22/2014 @ 2:40PM

Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs got to where they are today by taking strategic gambles that turned into a big payoff. At the time each took their risk, others would have regarded their decisions as foolish. But the results can’t be denied.

The following seven people – Bill Gates, Larry Page, Steve Jobs, Chet Simmons, Larry Ellison, Fred Smith, and Karen Kaplan – all took a gamble while heading toward the top of their field. And for each of them, it paid off. Read full article.