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What’s the Biggest Risk You Ever Took?

October 19, 2015

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Wow! I’m amazed so many people said that going to Korea was the biggest risk they ever took in their lives. I mean, come to think of it, leaving everything you’ve grown up with behind is kinda scary. People survive it, of course, so it’s not a deadly risk, but it can definitely be a risk for your future and careers. I remember Martina’s parents told us not to stay in Korea for too long, because if we wanted to come back to Canada to teach we wouldn’t have the benefits of their connections (since they were teachers), as those connections would dry up over time. I can see that being kind of a risk for other people moving here as well.

For us, I think the biggest risk we ever took was taking the risk to pursue making videos full time. For those of you who don’t really know our story, we were in Korea for two years, making videos along the way, before we decided to pursue it more seriously. And it wasn’t an easy decision to make. For those first two years we didn’t make any money out of it. There wasn’t the partner program in Korea. We just made videos because we love making videos. When the partner program opened up, though, we thought that this was a great opportunity. But it was a huge risk. This was right around the collapse of the economy. I had a stable career as a teacher, and I was going to give that up for something that might not even work out? It was really scary. But we both thought it’s worth the risk. We’re lucky it paid off. We know many people who weren’t so lucky. And it’s something that we never take for granted.

So, that’s it for our biggest risk. We saw an opportunity, put our all into it, and somehow ended up where we are today, though I’d fully understand if it didn’t work out and we were back to teaching in Canada. Hey, it’s something we think about all the time. What if people one day just stop watching us? We’re living this risk all the time! It really keeps us in an existential state. Whoa: you should have seen me before getting on stage for the Meet Your Kimchi Tour. I sure was a mess. Ok I’m rambling now. Just, hey guise: thanks for watching our videos. We keep on living in this weird state of risk, and you’ve been generous enough to not abandon us. We really appreciate you for it. Thanks everyone.

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  1. Trying to rescue a friend who was holed up in a drug house in Milwaukee, WI.

    2 years ago
  2. I’m looking to study in South Korea next fall, if I get accepted into the program through the college I’m currently attending it for sure will be a big risk for me, I’ve never been outside of the US.

    2 years ago
  3. My biggest risk (after getting married young and moving halfway across the world with a husband from a nearly polar-opposite culture to mine) would be my husband and me quitting both of our jobs even during a time of financial hardship because the opportunity to be our own bosses arose. It’s been a little over a year now, but our English school is doing way better than we could have imagined!

    2 years ago
  4. After seeing you guys on stage, I am really surprised to hear that you get nervous. You seemed so natural and relaxed, and you were amazing story tellers. I feel like you guys can take any story and make it interesting to listen to.

    Since hearing everyone talk about the risks that they have taken, I feel like I have lived a sheltered life. I cannot think of anything really risky that I have done, other than maybe switching career goals. But that was more of a switch to a safer route, so I don’t think that counts. I think I need to get out more… O_o

    2 years ago
    • You know, I’m not nervous on stage. Being on stage is easy, because I get caught up in the act of being on there. It’s the hour before going on stage, in which I get very uncomfortable. Not uncomfortable because I think things are going to go wrong; things can’t go wrong. I don’t do anything that can go wrong. I just tell stories, rather than juggle or sing or dance or something. No, I get nervous because it doesn’t make any sense to me, why I’m there, why people are waiting to see us. It’s existentially disturbing. I just don’t understand it, and I never will, because any reason that anyone applies to me can be applied to them.

      2 years ago
  5. I decided to reject a high paying job in my country so I can come to Korea and be with my wife to be. I don’t regret it for a second (Maybe I regret it a bit, when I am on a taxi from hell).

    2 years ago
  6. The last couple was so stinkin’ cute! My biggest risk was studying abroad in New Zealand. It’s definitely scary to leave everything you know and live in another country for a few months, but I’m a much better person for having done it. If you’re thinking about taking a risk (a safe risk – don’t go out and do drugs or murder someone): DO IT! You’d be surprised what you learn when you step out of your comfort zone!

    2 years ago